DENTON, Texas (10/28/10) - North Texas will be looking for its second overall Sun Belt Conference Cross Country title and first since 2000 when the men and women's teams run in the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Bowling Green, Ky., on Saturday morning.
Senior Patrick Strong leads the way for the Mean Green men, having finished sixth or better in every race this season while winning two. He has been the highest placed finisher for North Texas in every race.
"Heading into the meet we should be about the same depth wise as last season," said head coach Sam Burroughs. "Individually, Patrick and Ingrid are looking at possible top-10 finishes. The men's side will lack experience with four freshman in the line-up while the women will only have one."
Following Strong's lead will be freshman and fellow country-men Matt Russ. Russ claimed a second place finish at the Centenary College Invitational behind Strong and has also collected a fourth place finish at the North Texas Invitational.
The women's side will see another senior, Ingrid Mollenkopf, take the reins.
Mollenkopf has paced the women the season, taking the highest finish of any Mean Green athlete in every race this fall. The Tucson, Ariz., native has taken home first place twice this season (Centenary College Invitational and North Texas Invitational) and claimed a top-20 finish at the Baylor Twilight Invitational.
Sara Dietz will be attempting the match Mollenkopf and surprise the Sun Belt Championship field as the women look to improve upon their third place finish last year and capture their first SBC Cross Country Championship.
Dietz has two second place finishes in 2010, both of which she nipped at the heels of fellow teammate Mollenkopf.
Following the Sun Belt Championships, the Mean Green's next race, the 2010 NCAA South Regional Championships, will be held Nov. 13 in Waco, Texas.