Kinyanjui & Zielinski Pace TCU Cross Country Squad

Mary Kinyanjui

Mary Kinyanjui

Oct. 4, 2003

Mary Kinyanjui and Katrina Zielinski recorded top 10 finishes in the battle for the individual crown, leading the TCU women to a fourth place finish among 19 teams competing at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree today. The TCU men placed 20th among 25 teams.

Kinyanjui, a junior from Kiambu, Kenya, covered the 6K course in 21:15 to place fourth overall, while Zielinski, a sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas, crossed the finish line in 21:32 to take ninth place in the individual competition. The TCU women tallied 135 points to finish fourth behind Texas Tech (93), Georgia (105) and Southwest Missouri State (129).

"Mary and Katrina ran very well," said TCU cross country coach Derek Koonts. "We need our freshmen to step it up and compete for us to accomplish the goals we want to as a team. We're capable of doing better, but we need some people to take it to another level."

Alayne Thompson, the 2002 Conference USA Freshman of the Year who has been hampered by foot injuries during the early fall season, competed unattached and placed 40th overall with a time of 22:38.

On the men's side, Jackson Langat, competing for the first time this fall, was TCU's top finisher, placing 50th overall. He covered the 8K course in 25:42. The men's squad totaled 521 points to finish 20th. Georgia captured the team title with 85 points.

"This is traditionally one of the best meets in the country and the competition, as expected, was very strong," said Koonts. "I thought Jackson looked a little rusty, but it's a starting point for him. The rest of the men's team actually ran quite well. Several of our runners had personal bests. We just need to keep improving."

The Horned Frog distance runners will be off until they compete again in two weeks at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 18.

Women's Team Scores:

1. Texas Tech 93

2. Georgia 105

3. Southwest Missouri State 129

 

 

4. TCU 135

5. Illinois 144

6. SMU 159

7. Stephen F. Austin 176

8. Kansas State 192

9. Kansas 199

10. Tulsa 287

11. Nebraska Wesleyan 311

Abilene Christian 311

13. Lamar 335

14. South Plains 341

15. Central Missouri State 353

16. Wichita State 405

17. Oklahoma State 467

18. Southeastern Oklahoma 530

19. Southwestern Oklahoma 588

Men's Team Scores:

1. Georgia 85

2. Arkansas 94

3. Kansas 117

4. Oklahoma State 143

5. Abilene Christian 186

6. Illinois 189

7. Stephen F. Austin 288

8. Fort Hays State 297

Wichita State 297

10. Kansas State 311

11. Nebraska Wesleyan 317

12. Missouri Southern 320

13. Tulsa 341

14. Texas Tech 362

15. Southwest Missouri State 370

16. Sam Houston State 374

17. MidAmerica Nazarene 399

18. Central Missouri State 448

19. Cowley (KS) 517

20. TCU 521

21. Northwood (TX) 525

22. Oklahoma 530

23. SMU 540

24. Lamar 704

25. Haskell Indian Nations 786

TCU Women's Individual Results:

4. Mary Kinyanjui 21:15

9. Katrina Zielinski 21:32

31. Heather Isbell 22:20

42. Calandra Stewart 22:47

49. McKale Davis 23:03

91. Pattie Parker 24:42

111. Katie Cosgrove 25:54

TCU Men's Individual Results:

50. Jackson Langat 25:42

93. Alex Morris 26:39

109. Brad Maciulewicz 26:54

134. Chris Benassi 27:31

135. David Harris 27:31

151. Steven Lenney 28:22

157. Raita Yamanouchi 28:54

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