Women's Cross Country finishes 2nd at Sam Houston Invitational

Sept. 20, 2002

Led by freshman Alayne Thompson's first individual title, the TCU women's cross country team finished second in the Sam Houston State Cross Country Invitational Friday. The Frogs finished with 39 points, one point behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's 38 points. The TCU men, led by Jackson Langat's fifth-place finish, placed seventh.

Three of the TCU women's team placed in the top five overall, and four finished in the top 20. Thompson, who finished third in the UNT Opener last week, ran the five-kilometer course in a time of 19 minutes, six seconds. Senior Robin Schacht finished third with a time of 19:45, while Katrina Zielinski finished fifth with a time of 19:54. Heather Isbell finished 11th with a time of 20:22, and Shannon McKinney finished 19th with a time of 20:52.

"The girls ran really well, but they came up one point short," said cross country coach Derek Koonts. "Alayne is not your typical freshman. She is running really well right now, and has become a leader on this team. She has a bright future."

In the women's race, Houston was third with 76 points followed by Texas A&M (99 points), Sam Houston (123), Texas-Arlington (135), and Texas Southern 198.

Sam Houston State took first place in the team standings for the men's 8K race with 43 points. University of Houston was second with 63 points, followed by Stephen F. Austin 82, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 90, Texas-Arlington 99, Texas A&M 135, TCU 157, Texas Southern 234, and Prairie View A&M 253.

Langat, who finished the 8K with a time of 24:24 was the only Frog to finish in the top-20. Brad Maciulewicz was second among the TCU men as he placed 27th with a time of 25:32.

MEN's (8K) Team Standings

1. Sam Houston State 43 points; 2. Houston 63 points; 3. Stephen F. Austin 82 points; 4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 90 points; 5. Texas-Arlington 99 points; 6. Texas A&M 135 points; 7. TCU 157 points; 8. Texas Southern 235 points; 9. Prairie View A&M 253 points.

WOMEN's (5K) Team Standings



1. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 38 points; 2. TCU 39 points; 3. Houston 76 points; 4. Texas A&M 99 points; 5. Sam Houston State 123 points; 6. Texas-Arlington 135 points; 7. Texas Southern 198 points.
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