Led by Karl Schreiber and Fredyy Arellano, who finished seventh and eighth respectively in the individual standings, the Sam Houston men's team placed third in the Houston Baptist Puma Invitational Friday afternoon.

Schreiber completed the four-mile course in 20:57 while Arellano ran a time of 21:03.

"The men did a great job of running together as a group." Sam Houston distance coach Jesse Parked said. "At the halfway point we only had a 7-second split between our first and sixth runners, and we were able to keep it together over the final 2-miles and finished with only a 25-second split, and all of our top 5 in the top 15.

"This is the first time we tried this strategy this season and they guys executed the race plan very well. We were very close to finishing 2nd and 3/4 of the way through the race we had a chance to win. We need to continue to improve our fitness and racing strategies, but I was real excited with the way the guys worked together throughout the race."

Other Sam Houston finishes were Logan Terry 11th 21:14; Patrick Krol 12th 21:15; Clint Anders 15th 21:18 and Patrick Pitts 21:22.

"I was really pleased with the way newcomer Freddy Arellano ran," Parker said. "I didn't feel like his last two races at UH and SFA were accurate reflections of how his workouts had been going, and this is hopefully the break through race he needed. I expect this will give him the confidence and motivation to continue with the level of workouts he has been having.

Host Houston Baptist won the men's competition with 38 points. Houston was the team runner-up with 50 followed by Sam Houston 53, Texas Southern 98 and Prairie View A&M 106.

 "As a whole, we looked much better and the results were much better than our first two meets" Parker said. "We have 3-weeks until conference and we still have work to do. We are going to the Centenary Cross Country Invitational next week and this will be our last chance to work on our racing strategies before it really matters on October 31.

7th - Karl Schreiber - 20:57
8th - Freddy Arellano - 21:03
11th - Logan Terry - 21:14
12th - Patrick Krol - 21:15
15th - Clint Anders - 21:18
16th - Patrick Pitts - 21:22

1st - Houston Baptist - 38 points
2nd - Houston - 50 points
3rd - Sam Houston - 53 points
4th - Texas Southern - 98 points
5th - Prairie View A&M - 106 points