Cross Country Heads to UT-Arlington Season Opener

Sept. 12, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU cross country team is set to compete at the UT-Arlington Season Opener at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie on Saturday. 

The men's and women's teams will both take part in the 5,000-meter race, with the women beginning at 8 a.m., and the men immediately following.

"I've seen improvements across the board, especially in the last week," coach Laura Harmon said. "Last week was our biggest training week that we've had so far and most of them handled it really well.

At the Bear Twilight Invitational two weeks ago, a pair of freshmen led the way for the Frogs. Dominique Tilly posted the team's top time at 14:41.3 in the women's 4,000-meter race. In the men's 6,000-meter race, Dillon Smith recorded a time of 20:07.

It was the first collegiate race for Tilly, Smith and eight other Frogs who competed in Waco. With the first meet under their belt, the Frogs look to continue to improve as the season progresses.

"I think right now, we just need to go out and beat some teams," Harmon said. "I think that's a good first step. Once you start to beat teams, then you can start to set some bigger goals, but you need to get the confidence that comes from that first."

The TCU women scheduled to compete include junior Nicole Bell, sophomores Breanne Ball and Miranda Speir, and freshmen Anna Cozart, Nicole Hicks, Arin Rice, Bailey Sullivan and Dominique Tilly.

Senior Taylor Moult, sophomore Ryan Dykstra, Shane Murray and Ryan Spetnagel, and freshmen Matthew Brown, Robbie Lacomble, Dylan Larkin, Aaron Reichner and Dillon Smith round out the squad running on the men's side.



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