Men's Cross Country Team Impresses at 2nd, Women Finish Fourth in Denton

Junior Zach Zura finished in 11th place Saturday.
Junior Zach Zura finished in 11th place Saturday.

Sept. 19, 2009


ARLINGTON, Texas - It might have been a coming out party for the men's cross country team Saturday. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the women.

The UT Arlington men's cross-country team finished an impressive second place at the Ken Garland Invitational in Denton Saturday morning, being narrowly edged out for first by North Texas. UNT finished with 51 points as UTA finished with 54.

Eric Montou led the way once again. The freshman finished first for UTA for the second consecutive week with a time of 27:20. That time was good enough for 10th place overall, the only Maverick runner to finish in the top 10.

However, Montou was closely followed by junior Zach Zura in 11th place (27:23) and fellow freshman Ken Wallace in 12th (27:36). While UTA had only one top 10 finisher, it ended up with six in the top 20, by far the most of any schools.

Another trio finished together in the top 20. Freshmen Anthony Groom finished 15th (27:55), Cody Widener finished 16th (27:57) and Hance Loyd finished 17th (27:57).

The women's side saw a less than impressive finish, considering what Sauerhage expected from them. The women finished fourth with a score of 89. Southern Methodist finished with an eye-popping score of 33, as it had four runners in the top five.

Junior Amanda McMahon finished first on UTA in 11th place with a time of 18:49. Sophomore Jennifer Carey followed up her strong performance from the TCU Opener to finish 13th with a time of (19:01).

Unfortunately for the Mavs, they only had three top 20 finishes. After McMahon and Carey the only other Maverick in the top 20 was Lydia Chebbii in 18th place and a time of 19:15.

Next up for both the men and women is the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Splash September 25.




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