North Texas Cross Country to Host the Conference USA Championships
The 2014 C-USA Cross Country Championships Take Place This Saturday
North Texas cross-country will host the Conference USA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 1
This is the second consecutive year that North Texas has hosted the C-USA Championships at the Eagle Point Cross Country Course
“I really enjoy hosting meets, especially hosting the Conference meet,” says North Texas head cross-country coach Stefanie Slekis.
At least year’s C-USA Championships, the men’s team placed 2nd and the women finished in 3rd.
“Our ultimate goal this year on both the Men's and Women's sides is to win,” Slekis said. “We want to come to every Conference Championship knowing that if each athlete runs to their full potential, we have a realistic chance of taking home the title.”
The men and women will face serious conference competition from Middle Tennessee, Rice, UTEP, Southern Miss, and UAB.
“Our athletes know on both sides that we have done the work to be Top 3 as a team and they know what they need to do if they want to take home a Runner-up finish or Win the championship,” said Slekis.
“Rice and Middle Tennessee State are going to be strong opponents on the women's side, but we know we're ready to compete against them. On the Men's side we know it will come down to Middle Tennessee State and UTEP and just like the women,” said Slekis.
Last year, Troy Taylor led the men’s team to a second place by finishing ninth with a time of 24:55.4.
“We also have laid out individual goals for each athlete that will help accomplish out team goal,” Slekis said. “Last year we had 6 Men finish All-Conference and this year our goal is to better that with at least 7 All-Conference finishers and have our Top 9 all finish in the Top 30.”
“On the Women's side we had 2 All-Conference runners last year, and this year we want to put our top 5 in the top 21 for All-Conference honors,” Slekis said. “Which will be a big jump, but last year our 3 & 4 runners missed All-Conference by just 1 & 2 places and our Top 9 are looking to all finish in the Top 50.”
Charlotte Wilson, who placed sixth last year with a time of 17:34.14, is also returning for the Mean Green.
“We know what we're capable of and what we need to do if we want to win,” said Slekis.
The Cross Country Championships take place on Saturday, Nov. 1. The women run at 9 am, and the men’s race starts at 10 am.