LAKE CHARLES, La. – The Sam Houston State Bearkat cross country teams finished seventh and eighth, respectively, on Friday morning at the annual Southland Conference Cross Country championship meet at the Enos Derbonne Sports Complex, hosted by McNeese.
The Bearkat women finished seventh in the 13-team field with 185 points, bunching all five of its scorers in the top 50 individually. Meanwhile, the men finished in eighth place with 184 points.
Central Arkansas walked away with the men’s team title and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi claimed the crown on the women’s side, while Lamar’s Jamie Crowe and the Islanders’ Allyson Girard took the individual titles.
Freshman Cryslan Tucker was the top finisher for the Bearkat women, completing the 6K course in 24:24.9 to finish 25th overall, nine seconds clear of the next finisher. In all, three of Sam Houston’s top five finishers were freshmen.
Senior Hannah Tarrant was the next to cross the finish line for the Bearkats with a time of 24:43.5 to finish 29th, while Rebeca Gonzalez came in 32nd with her time of 25:03.9. Lizzy Duenes and Sandy Clarkin rounded out the Bearkat scoring with Duenes coming in 43rd (25:44.0) and Clarkin 49th (25:58.4).
Other finishers included Hanna Sanchez in 68th (27:08.3), Hailey Chorn in 71st place (27:21.6) and Camry Grigsby in 78th (28:02.3).
On the men’s side, freshman Sergio Armendariz was the first Kat to finish out the 8K race, coming in 23rd with a time of 27:55.0, while Jordan Leon was not far behind with his 24th-place finish in a time of 28:00.2.
Alex Hernandez (28:42.7), Camero Theriot (28:58.6) and David Zavala (29:18.5) came in 40th, 48th and 55th, respectively, to close out the Bearkat scoring. Meanwhile, Leo Michel (29:23.0) and Jeffrey Moore (30:42.7) finished in 57th and 73rd places.