Maglasang Earns All-Conference Honors as Cross Country Wraps Up 2011 C-USA Championships
HOUSTON, Texas - The Tiger men's cross country team took sixth place in an eight-team field on Monday at the 2011 Conference USA Cross Country Championships and the women's squad placed seventh out of 12 teams. It was the best C-USA finishes for both Memphis teams since the men last achieved the same sixth-place finish back in 2001, and the women finished sixth in 2005.
In the men's race, Tulsa (35), UTEP (48), Houston (71), and host Rice (108) were the top team finishers respectively. Memphis tallied 135 points, falling two points short of Marshall's 133-point fifth-place performance.
"We've made progress since last year," cross country coach Doug Clark said following Monday's meet. "If we had spaced behind James like we did at Rhodes or Alabama we would have been in the mix for fourth with Rice. We must mature and be ready to battle at conference championships in the future."
Sophomore James Maglasang was the frontrunner for the Tiger men, running the 8K course in 24:39.0. Maglasang's time secured him a 15-place finish, which earned him All-C-USA third team honors. He is the third in program history to garner the award, joining previous third-teamers Balazs Laszlo (2000) and Adam Didyk (2003).
Freshman Daniel Kuhman crossed the line next for the Blue and Gray in a time of 25:25.2 for 24nd place. The remaining scoring Tigers were Austin Carter, who finished 30th in 25:51.9, Julien Wolf, who crossed 32nd in 26:04.5, Fabian Fiege in 40th with a 26:43.9 time, Keanan Joyner in 53rd in 27:22.1, just before Trent Scott finished in 54th with a 27.22.9 mark. Robert Skinner rounded out the competing Tigers with a 28:54.7 time (60th).
Louisa Lingley led the pack for the U of M in the women's 5K. The junior finished in 25th with a personal-best 18:09.4 time.
Jasmine Darden (41nd, 18:43.4) and Alisha Fitch (42nd, 18:44.3) were the next Tigers to cross for points. Nandia Taylor (48th, 19:04.2), Jenny Johnston (58th, 19:24.6) Meagan Nichols (70th, 19:47.0) and Erica Owen (83rd, 20:29.5) all scored points for Memphis and Laura Hill placed 89th with a 21:47.9 time.
"The women improved from 10th last year to seventh this year, but again did out best racing leading up to conference and didn't duplicate those efforts today," Coach Clark said. "Like the guys, we must learn to show up at conference with our `A' game."
The Tigers run again at the NCAA South Regional on Saturday, Nov. 12. The regional meet will be hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.