Oct. 28, 2010
Arlington, Texas - Freshman Emily Koenig became the first UTA athlete to win a Southland Conference individual champion in 15 years when she accomplished the feat Thursday morning at the 2010 SLC Cross Country Championships.
Koenig led the women's team to a fourth place finish behind winner SFA, A&M-Corpus Christi and McNeese State.
"We were pleased with the effort on the women's side, although we were looking for a top three finish," head coach John Sauerhage said. "It was a tough meet and we competed very well."
Koenig completed the 6-kilometer run with a time of 21:30.30, eight seconds ahead of Stephen F. Austin sophomore Lauren Smith (21:38). Koenig is the first UTA runner to win the women's cross country race since Frida Rosenberg in 1995.
The win marked the fourth of the season for the true freshman, and the third in the team's last four meets.
"Emily winning the SLC individual title was great. I can't say enough about the effort Emily gave; it was one of the most incredible races that I've seen a freshman run. We are excited about her potential and we look forward to seeing her run in the next four years," added Sauerhage.
Marissa Paz recorded a 71st place finish with a time of 25:01.80 while Danisha Hicks crossed the finish line in 75th place with a time of 25:29.20.
Sophomore Cody Widener was the men's top finisher, crossing the finish line in 24th place with a time of 26:44.90. Widener led the Mavericks to a seventh place team finish.
The NCAA Cross Country Regionals will be held Nov. 13, followed by the NCAA championships Nov. 22, in Terra Haute, Ind.