Kinyanjui, Butler Earn Trip to Nationals

Nov. 15, 2003

Mary Kinyanjui and Ami Butler finished first and third at the South Central Regional Meet on Saturday morning, leading the TCU women to a fourth place finish in the team standings. Their top three performances earned them a trip to the NCAA national cross country championships, which will be held in Waterloo, Iowa on Monday, November 24.

Kinyanjui, a junior from Kiambu, Kenya who also won the Conference USA title two weeks ago, completed the 6K course in 20:44. SMU's Karin van Rooyen was second in 20:49, while Butler, a senior from Mabank, Texas, was third in 20:57.

"I can't say enough about Mary and Ami," said TCU coach Derek Koonts. "They showed our young runners how to do things and how to represent the school. Mary looked extremely strong throughout the race and Ami is as tough as nails. I'm very proud of their effort."

The women's squad, which entered the meet hoping to finish in the top two and earn TCU's first trip ever to the nationals, fell short, placing fourth with 86 points. The Texas women won the team title with 66 points, edging pre-race favorite Baylor (68) and Arkansas (70).

Freshman Calandra Stewart was TCU's third finisher, covering the course in 21:37 to finish 13th overall, earning all-region honors. Katrina Zielinski was 27th (22:16), Heather Isbell was 50th (23:01), McKale Davis was 63rd (23:33) and Pattie Parker was 78th (24:01).

"Calandra really ran hard and to finish in the top 15 as a freshman is quite an accomplishment," said Koonts. "Zielinski was sick all week, which affected her today. It was a disappointing finish for her personally, but she competed hard. We learned today that no matter how well you run at the front of the race, it's still a team sport and you have to have your fourth through seventh runners step up."

On the men's side, the Frogs placed 15th out of 16 teams, totaling 373 points. Arkansas won the meet with 54 points. Jackson Langat was TCU's top finisher, placing 28th overall. He covered the 10K distance in 32:00.



"On the men's side, we actually ran much better from one to five than we did at the conference meet," said Koonts. "We're moving in the right direction with this young group of runners. We made progress and got better throughout the season, which is all you can ask."

Kinyanjui and Butler will become just the second and third female cross country runners from TCU to compete at the NCAA Championships, joining former distance standout Glady's Keitany.

Women's Team Scores:

1. Texas 66

2. Baylor 68

3. Arkansas 70

4. TCU 86

5. Texas A&M 118

6. Rice 148

7. Stephen F. Austin 230

8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 246

9. Texas-Arlington 264

10. Lamar 280

11. LSU 288

12. North Texas 321

13. Texas-Pan American 369

14. Sam Houston State 397

15. Louisiana-Lafayette 424

16. Arkansas State 455

17. New Orleans 459

TCU Women's Individual Results:

1. Mary Kinyanjui 20:44

3. Ami Butler 20:57

13. Calandra Stewart 21:37

29. Katrina Zielinski 22:!6

50. Heather Isbell 23:01

63. McKale Davis 23:33

78. Pattie Parker 24:01

Men's Team Scores:

1. Arkansas 54

2. Texas A&M 73

3. Stephen F. Austin 77

4. Texas 85

5. Sam Houston State 163

6. Rice 180

7. Baylor 213

8. Texas-Pan American 271

Houston 271

10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 275

11. LSU 284

12. Arkansas-Little Rock 289

13. McNeese State 310

14. Louisiana-Monroe 347

15. TCU 373

16. Louisiana-Lafayette 407

TCU Men's Individual Results:

28. Jackson Langat 32:00

87. Brad Maciulewicz 34:21

95. Steven Lenney 34:45

99. Alex Morris 34:50

109. David Harris 35:16

120. Raita Yamanouchi 37:36

122. Chris Benassi 38:48

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