Kinyanjui Takes C-USA Individual Cross Country Title

Mary Kinyanjui is the Conference USA 2003 Cross Country Champion

Mary Kinyanjui is the Conference USA 2003 Cross Country Champion

Nov. 1, 2003

Mary Kinyanjui became just the second woman in TCU history to take the individual honors at a conference cross country championship as she captured the gold medal at the Conference USA meet held here today. Her performance helped the TCU women to a second place finish in the team standings, while the TCU men were ninth overall.

Kinyanjui, a junior from Kiambu, Kenya, completed the 6K course in 20:45.20, to finish less than a second ahead of teammate Ami Butler, who took the silver medal with a time of 20:46.30. Both earned first team all-conference honors. Katrina Zielinski (21:41.90) and Calandra Stewart (22:02.00) were third team all-conference selections after placing 11th and 15th respectively. Heather Isbell was the final TCU scorer, as she crossed the finish line in 22:40.90 to place 26th overall. Kinyanjui joins Glady's Keitany as the only TCU women to win an individual conference title. Keitany won the Western Athletic Conference meet in 2000 and was the Conference USA champion in 2001.

"Mary and Ami Butler ran exceptionally well," said TCU coach Derek Koonts, who shared the women's Coach of the Year honors with Marquette's Dave Uhrich. "I'm proud of what they accomplished. I knew the way Mary had been running, she would have a chance to win it, but I didn't expect that kind of performance from Butler. She has been hampered by injuries for much of the fall, but really rose to the occasion. These meets always seem to come down to the fourth and fifth runners," continued Koonts. "We need to get a little more on race day from the rest of our squad like we perform in practice. If we can keep it going, we'll make it interesting at the regional meet in two weeks," added Koonts.

The TCU women's squad scored 55 points to take the runnerup team honors behind a Marquette squad that scored 43 points. The Golden Eagles, who won their fourth consecutive conference team title, had all five of their runners place in the top 14 in the meet. USF was a distant third with 118 points.



On the men's side, TCU junior Jackson Langat earned second team all-conference honors for the second straight season with a ninth place finish. He covered the 8K course in 25:26.40. Kyle MacKenzie from East Carolina was the individual winner with a time of 25:07.20.

Marquette made it a sweep of the titles by taking the men's top spot with 43 points. The Golden Eagles had four of the top eight runners in the field. Cincinnati was second with 88 points, followed by Louisville with 102. The TCU men placed ninth with 230 points.

"I was a little disappointed in the men," said Koonts. "We're better than what we showed today. If we ran like we are capable of, I think we could have finished two or three spots higher."

The TCU squads will have two weeks to prepare for the South Central Regional meet, which will be held in Waco, Texas on Saturday, November 15.

Women's Team Scores:

1. Marquette 43

2. TCU 55

3. USF 118

4. Charlotte 151

UAB 151

6. Cincinnati 156

7. Tulane 171

8. East Carolina 184

9. Louisville 203

10. Southern Miss 236

11. DePaul 271

12. Houston 304

13. Saint Louis 337

14. Memphis 340

Men's Team Scores:

1. Marquette 43

2. Cincinnati 88

3. Louisville 102

4. DePaul 105

5. Houston 131

6. USF 177

7. Memphis 199

8. East Carolina 200

9. TCU 230

10. Tulane 236

11. Saint Louis 244

12. Charlotte 277

TCU Women's Individual Results:

1. Mary Kinyanjui 20:45.40

2. Ami Butler 20:46.30

11. Katrina Zielinski 21:41.90

15. Calandra Stewart 22:02.00

26. Heather Isbell 22:40.90

36. McKale Davis 23:01.80

63. Pattie Parker 24:07.00

TCU Men's Individual Results:

9. Jackson Langat 25:26.40

42. Brad Maciulewicz 26:43.10

52. Alex Morris 27:10.90

63. Steven Lenney 27:37.30

64. David Harris 27:38.90

72. Raita Yamanouchi 28:37.60

76. Chris Benassi 29:00.20

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