Cross Country Teams Travel To C-USA Championships
Both Teams Looking To Bring Home Conference Titles at Charlotte
C-USA championship central
DENTON – The North Texas men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Charlotte, N.C. to take part in the 2016 Conference USA championships Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 8 a.m.
The championship meet will begin with the women’s 5k race and conclude with the men’s 8k race at 9 a.m. central time.
“The men and women have been looking great heading into the championship portion of the season,” cross country coach Stefanie Slekis said. “We unfortunately have some talented seniors on the women's team who are not able to compete for us due to illness/injury, but the group we have has done some great training since the Chile Pepper Festival. On the men's side we have always been a top three team since entering Conference USA so it is a big goal to continue that tradition even though we've had some bad luck this season with random injuries to a couple of our top runners.”
The men’s team will send nine runners to the championship in redshirt freshman Alex Cleveland, senior James Coleman, freshman Tim Jones, junior Zach Kirkland, classmate Mike Lowe, freshman Florian Lussy, sophomore Kyle Maloney, junior Rick Nally and senior Grady Frazier. Nally and Frazier will be running for the first time this season.
“This group has trained hard and are ready to fight all the way to the finish to remain a top three men's program in Conference USA,” Slekis said.
The women’s team has been training hard since last competing Oct. 1 and will be sending nine runners to the championship race. Senior Kylee Kittrell, sophomore Susannah Lynch, classmate Cassidy Adams, junior Christina Moralez, freshman Tori Valka, sophomore Kellee McCann, junior Brittany White, sophomore Baylee Nelson and freshman Jennifer White look to finish strong this season.
“On the women's side we've finished third, third, and seventh so this group really wants to be a top three team again,” Slekis added. “Individually the women are looking for a first team All-conference performer, which we have had three in the past (Jo Adams, Charlotte Wilson in 2013 and Charlotte Wilson in 2014). Susannah Lynch has her eyes on that goal after being Conference USA performer of the week earlier this year.”
The awards ceremony will immediately follow the conclusion of the men’s race. Conference USA awards first (1-7), second (8-14) and third (15-21) team all-conference to the top 21 finishers.