Oct. 31, 2005
NATCHITOCHES, La. - The UTA women's cross country team used a balanced effort with two runners in the top 10 and four in the top 202 for a third-place finish at the 2005 Southland Conference Championships here Monday.
UTA finished with 76 total points -- 50 points behind defending champion Lamar's 26. Stephen F. Austin claimed second place with 49 points.
After UTA, Sam Houston State was a distance fourth with 98 points. Texas-San Antonio (101), Texas State (184), Northwestern State (198), Louisiana-Monroe (216), Southeastern Louisiana (239) and McNeese State (296) rounded out the field.
Maverick sophomore Jodi Hulett (Arlington, Texas), who finished fourth a year ago with a time of 21:53, clocked a 22:49 over the 6,000-meter Demon Hills golf course for ninth place, one spot behind teammate and true freshman Caroline Erlingson's (Angelholm, Sweden) 22:48.
Senior Heather Isbell finished 13th with a 23:07. Senior middle distance standout Ivorita Taylor recorded her first top 20 finish of her cross country career with a 23:28 for 18th. KanDace Council rounded out the scoring with a 24:02 for 28th place.
"The girls team ran with a lot of heart," said UTA Women's Cross Country Coach John Sauerhage. "They looked like one of past teams, they ran with the heart of a champion. They all did the best they could do, I was very proud of them. Caroline did an outstanding job to finish eighth. Jody had another good conference meet with a top 10 finish and Heather Isbell, running with a herniated disk in her back, was just an inspiration. Our top four ran remarkable. Everybody had a role everybody did their job. Lamar was just too much for us."
SFA's Ashley Monteau won her second straight individual title as the Ladyjacks finished second to Lamar. The junior finished the 6,000-meter course over one minute ahead of second-place Renee Graham of Lamar.
Each Maverick runner has qualified for the NCAA South Central Regional Meet, Nov. 12, at Baylor University.
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