Southland Conference XC Championships
Friday, Oct. 28 • Nacogdoches, Texas • Pecan Acres Park
Women’s 6K Championship • Complete Results
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Sam Houston State women matched their best finish in program history, finishing second at Friday’s Southland Conference Cross Country Championships, led by a pair of top-five results from Pecan Acres Park.
Sam Houston’s Ana Moreno took runner-up with a mark of 21:14.9, marking the third time in team history a Bearkat has finished as high in the standings and sixth time an individual has been named First-Team All-Southland Conference.
Teammate Olivia Olguin became the seventh First-Team All-Conference member soon thereafter, finishing fifth at 21:37.0. The mark was the senior’s second-best career time while Moreno, a fellow senior, as was Moreno’s mark.
Briana McCall added to the successful day, taking 32nd at 23:16.1 while Hannah Tarrant secured 34th at 23:22.7 and Camry Grigsby went 36th for 23:31.2. Lizzy Duenes followed in 39th (23:52.3) and Kassandra Luna went 41st (23:58.6) while Holly Pierce took 45th (24:05.0).
Sam Houston finished with 106 points, trailing only Stephen F. Austin’s winning mark of 48. Eleven points separated second through fifth place with Lamar taking third (110), Incarnate Word in fourth (114) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (117) rounding out the top five.
The NCAA South Central Region Championships at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday, Nov. 11. For teams and individuals who qualify, the NCAA Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
Cross country coach Jesse Parker on the result…
“It was exciting. At the finish, I didn’t think we were second and thought we could have been all the way down to fifth. It worked out well. We had some girls really step up and run really well. That made all the difference. In cross country, your fourth and fifth make a huge difference. Those women, Camry, Briana, Hannah, Lizzy, Cassandra and Holly, really stepped up. They are the reasons we took second.”
Cross country coach Jesse Parker on the effort from Ana Moreno and Olivia Olguin…
“She had a chance to win it at the end. She ran a phenomenal race. Olivia executed a great race as well. I thought her race would be a little more competitive but she dominated today. Those two really ran phenomenally well. I couldn’t have scripted it any better.”
Senior Ana Moreno on the championship performance…
“We were running the whole race and I saw the two Lamar girls in front of me. I knew I could do it. It was the last 100 meters so I just went and I like sprinting at the end. I went all the way through and finished. The first half felt easy. I was with the front group and said I was going to stay here.”