McKernan Paces Women To Second Place Finish At SBC Championship
BOWLING, GREEN, Ky. - The North Texas women's cross-country team had their best finish in the Sun Belt Conference Championship with a second place performance in Bowling Green. Running without top performer Jessica Schmidt because of an injury, the w
BOWLING, GREEN, Ky. - The North Texas women’s cross-country team had their best finish in the Sun Belt Conference Championship with a second place performance in Bowling Green. Running without top performer Jessica Schmidt because of an injury, the women got a solid performance from freshman Bonnie McKernan as she earned all-conference honors with a fourth place finish to lead the Mean Green. McKernan had a time of 23:58 in the 6,000-meter race.
"We really got in there and competed knowing that Jessica wouldn’t run," said North Texas head coach Rick Watkins. "The girls knew that they had to step up and they did. It was a really tough course and the conditions were extremely tough, but I was really proud of the way that we competed".
Dagmar Salazar just missed a top 10 finish and all-conference honors, as she placed 11th with a time of 24:34. Cassie Storms was only three seconds behind Salazar and ended with a time of 24:37 to place 12th. Courtney Campbell had the fourth best time for North Texas as she finished in 27th place with a time of 25:46.
On the men’s side for the third time in four years North Texas finished in the top three as they ended in third place thanks to top 10 performances by Josh Rogers and Matt Gieringer. Rogers had time of 27:07 in the 8,000-meter race to finish in seventh place while Gieringer had a time of 27:19 to end in 10th place as they both were named to the all-conference team.
Justin Kauffman had a top 20 finish as he had a time of 27:56 and placed 15th overall. Jason Bacchus was 23rd with a time of 28:27 and Eddie Melendez was 25th with a time of 28:40. Western Kentucky swept both titles as they won the men and women’s championship.
"Both of our teams worked extremely hard and they knew that Western Kentucky would had the advantage, but they came out and really did well. They came a long way from the beginning of the season and I’m proud of the job that both the men and the women did today" Watkins said.