DENTON, Texas (10/29/09) - Looking to build upon the momentum they've gained over the past few races, the North Texas cross country teams will partake in the Sun Belt Conference Championship this Saturday from Selman Field in Monroe, Louisiana.
"We have our mosquito repellant and fire ant deterrent ready," North Texas cross country head coach Robert Vaughan said. "We are ready to take on all comers in the swamp and I think we'll run well too"
The men's 8k (4.97 miles) will begin at 10 a.m., while the women's 5k (3.11 miles) is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
Unlike during the regular season when the squads had to deal with injuries and sickness, both teams will be bringing a relatively healthy squad to Bayou State with the one exception being sophomore runner/swimmer Carleigh Kutac (injured).
"It's too bad Carleigh is injured," Vaughan said. "From the weather reports we have a good swimmer would be very useful, if not in the race, at least to help those that flounder."
Selected to finish fourth in the SBC Championship, the women's team could not have hit their stride at a more perfect time. The women have won back-to-back races and been anchored by junior transfer Ingrid Mollenkopf. The Mesa, Arizona native followed up a first-place performance at the North Texas Invitational with a third-place finish at the Sam Houston Invitational two weeks ago.
The North Texas men's team, who was predicted to place fifth in the upcoming race, is coming off a fourth place finish at the Sam Houston Invitational two weeks ago. The team was led by junior Patrick Strong's third place finish and top-20 performances from Matthew Peters (13th), Garrett Sage (15th) and Josue Nunez (16th).
South Alabama's men and WKU's women have been projected to finish first respectively this weekend.
Results from Saturday's championship will be available on MeanGreenSports.com as they become available.