There were plenty of highlights for the men's and women's track and cross country teams.
Student-athlete comments from the final day of championship competition.
Maverick Stadium is host site Friday through Sunday.
From claiming a Sun Belt Championship to big wins over ranked opponents, fall 2016 was one to remember.
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AS A JUNIOR (2014-15): Earned All-South Central Regional honors in cross country after placing 14th at the 10k regional meet (30:16.3) … Named first-team all-conference for the second straight year after finishing third at the Sun Belt Championships with an 8k time of 24:43.5 … Won the UTA Season Opener 5k in 14:56.5 … Placed fifth in the 3000 meters at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships with a time of 8:28.80 … Had a season-best 3000m time of 8:26.87 in a fifth-place finish at the adidas Classic … Won the mile at the Herm Wilson Invitational (4:19.96) … Was a two-event winner at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships to help the Mavericks win the team title … Won the league crown in both the 5000 meters in 14:37.19 and 10000 meters in 30:27.06 … Set a school record in the 5000m with a 14:17.74 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013-14): Was a first-team all-conference performance in cross country after a runner-up showing at the SBC Championships … Posted a time of 25:31.8 in the 8k league race … Was the team's top finisher at the South Central Regional, placing 17th (30:53.0) in the 10k to earn all-region honors … Finished just two spots shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships as an individual … Placed 17th at the prestigious Crimson Classic with an 8k time of 25:31.8 ... Scored points in two events for the victorious Mavericks at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships … Placed sixth in the 3000m (8:28.73) and eighth in the 5000m (15:00.28) at the league meet … Finished 10th in the 3000m at the Frank Sevigne Invitational with a clocking of 8:31.84 … Helped the Mavericks complete the triple crown at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships … Was the conference champion in the 10000m with a clocking of 31:16.25 … Finished fifth in the 5000m at the SBC Championships (15:15.73) … Established a school record in the 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays (14:20.90) … Placed fourth in the 5000 meters at the Texas Relays (14:31.79).
AS A FRESHMAN (2012-13): Earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference accolades as a true freshman in cross country … Placed seventh at the 8k WAC Championships with a time of 24:50.61 … Was the team's top finisher at the NCAA South Central Regional, placing 27th in 31:36.6 (10k) … Narrowly missed all-region honors given to the top 25 finishers … Had runner-up showings at the UTA Season Opener and the Louisiana Tech Mook 4 … Placed fourth in the 5000m at the WAC Indoor Championships with a time of 15:29.02 … Won the mile with a clocking of 4:16.84 at the Varsity Apartments Invitational … Claimed second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in the outdoor season with a sixth-place finish in the 5000m (15:07.52) … Earned a trip to the Texas Relays where he posted a time of 14:45.82 in the 5000m.
PRIOR TO UT ARLINGTON: Was the bronze medalist at the 2009 New Zealand Road Relay Championship for the Athletics Nelson Junior team … Placed fourth in the Men's 16 grade 3000m at the 2010 New Zealand Track and Field Championships … Was the bronze medalist at the 2010 New Zealand Cross Country Championships … Was the Tasman M19 Cross Country champ in 2010 … Placed fourth at the Men's 19 grade at the New Zealand 3000m championships … Has personal-best times of 3:59.06 in the 1500m, 4:25.12 in the mile and 8:35.47 in the 3000m … Also ran a 1:56 in the 800 meters, a 3:59 in the 1500 meters and a 14:50 in the 5000 meters.
PERSONAL: Full name is Craig Philip Lautenslager … Is the son of Debbie and Greg Lautenslager … Father, Greg, is the coach and director of the National Academy of Distance Running in New Zealand and was a standout distance runner at Texas Tech … He also authored a novel about a runner entitled “Following the Flame” … His mother, the former Debra Elsmore, won New Zealand titles in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters and represented her country in five World Cross Country Championships and the 1987 Commonwealth Games … Became the ninth athlete coached by his father to receive a full scholarship to a United States university … Was born in Dallas and lived in McKinney, Texas, for eight years before moving to New Zealand … Is studying architecture.
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