Cross Country Travels to Houston for C-USA Championships
Oct. 28, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Memphis cross country will make its way to Houston, Texas for the 2011 Conference USA Cross Country Championships, hosted by Rice University. The conference event will take place on Monday, Oct. 31, with the men will starting the day on an 8K course at 9 a.m. CT., followed by the women's 5K at 10 a.m. CT.
Last year, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane swept the men's and women's team titles. The U of M men's team finished seventh in an eight-team field and James Maglasang was the top-finisher for the Tigers with a 25:24 mark, placing him 29th overall.
Throughout the 2011 season, the Memphis men's team has been led by Maglasang and freshman Daniel Kuhman. Kuhman was the top finisher for the Tigers in the first two meets this year while Maglasang, was the individual champion at the Rhodes College Invite, which earned him C-USA Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 4.
"James and Dan will be battling to break into Tulsa's top seven," cross country coach Doug Clark said. "And, as usual, our three, four and five runners will be battling for the majority of the points. The frontrunners get the glamour and are surely important, but the biggest and most decisive points are scored in the middle of the pack."
As for the women's team, it finished 10th out of 12 teams in 2010. This year, the frontrunner for the U of M has been junior Louisa Lingley, who recorded a personal-best 18:35.77 5K time at the Crimson Classic, but the squad has prided itself as a pack all season.
"Our women's team has been packing tighter and tighter each week and we need to do that again if we are going to be in the top half of the conference," Coach Clark said.
Monday's meet will conclude with an award ceremony at 11 a.m. CT. Admission is free.