Two Runners Earn All-Conference Honors at Sun Belt Championships




Little Rock, AR (10/30/04) Jill Brennan and Justin Kauffman earned All-Conference honors as the Mean Green Cross Country Teams took fifth place at the Sun Belt Conference Championships at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

 

Brennan took fourth in the championship meet with a time of 19:01, while Kauffman finished 10th in 26:32.

 

The North Texas men were predicted to finish fourth and women second in the conference’s pre-race poll, but injuries kept the Mean Green from that goal.

 

“We are obviously disappointed that we weren’t able to finish the season better,” said head coach Rick Watkins. “We knew it would be a close race and that the team that had all five of its runners finish well was going to win the meet. That just wasn’t us today.”

 

On the men’s side, team leader Frank Ngeno was unable to finish the race due to an illness. Ngeno did not finish outside the top five in every race this year.

 

Matt Gieringer just missed an all-conference spot, finishing 13th with a time of 26:45.

 

Josh Rogers took 22nd place with a time of 27:30, and Logan Newell finished in 28:32 in 37th place.

 

Derek Ray crossed the line in 44th place in a time of 28:54, and Michael Hernandez finished 53rd in 29:29.

 

Rounding out the field for the Mean Green was Sean Covington in 55th place with a time of 29:41.

 

A host of injuries held the North Texas women’s team from a top finish in Little Rock.

 

Jessica Schmidt has been unable to run all season due to a foot injury, and Bonnie McKernan sustained a similar injury just this week and hobbled to a 44th place finish in 21:30.

 

Dagmar Salazar finished 20th with a time of 20:00 and Cassie Storms wasn’t far behind in 24th place with a time of 20:16.

 

Jordan Skelton and Rebekkah Smith finished back to back in 40th and 41st place. Skelton crossed the finish line in 21:20 and Smith trailed by only half a second.


 

 

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