Meet 1
Friday, Sept. 8 • 6:15 PM (women) • 6:45 PM (men) • Rice University
42nd Annual Norry Hersey Rice Invitational Cross Country
Meet Results –

HOUSTON – Sam Houston State men’s and women’s cross country kicks off its three-meet regular season on Friday, taking part in the 42nd Annual Norry Hersey Rice Invitational.

The event, held on the campus of Rice University, begins at 6:15 p.m. with the women’s 4,000 meters which will be followed by the men’s 6,000 meters at 6:45 p.m.

Despite losing Chris Speaks and Evan Arambula from a season ago, Sam Houston welcomes back senior Grant Buley, who finished 20th at last season’s Southland Conference Championships, as well as junior Jeffrey Moore who took 29th.

Meanwhile, the women look to reload after losing Ana Moreno and Olivia Olguin, both top-10 finishers at the league championship a season ago. The squad, which finished second last year, returns a pair of top-40 finishers including senior Briana McCall and junior Hannah Tarrant.

Following Friday, the Bearkats will be away from action until Saturday, Sept. 23, when they take part in the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station. It will mark the first of two-consecutive competitions there as the team returns Oct. 6 for the Aggieland Open.

Head coach Jesse Parker on opening the season…
“The first competition of the year is always a chance for us to start transitioning from being in good "training shape," to being in good "race shape." It always takes a race or two to really make that transition and that's mostly what we are trying to get done this week. From a mindset standpoint, we want to make sure we are in competition mode. These athletes have spent the last 3 months just training, with no competitions, so we want to make sure we have a good competitive mindset with the focus on beating as many other individuals and teams as we can.”

Head coach Jesse Parker on the expectations for this season…
“I'm not the type of coach to put much into season expectations. The only expectations I have are the same with every athlete, every season. We want to become more consistent in our training, which will lead to more consistent performances. We want to become fitter and be better athletes. We want to be the most mentally tough and competitive team out there. So our expectations are to focus on the process of being better, and we'll let the outcome determine itself.”