Texas runners Sam Worley, Connor O'Neill and Alex Rogers cross the finish line together at the Texas Invitational on Sept. 14. (Texas athletics photo)

Texas cross country fares well at Pre-Nationals

Posted October 14th, 2017

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The Texas cross country team fared well, with the men taking seventh place at the Pre-Nationals Invitational Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

The field contained eight ranked teams, including four in the top-10.

“Our men were able to beat some teams that could end up finishing in the top 10 at NCAAs later this season,” said coach Brad Herbster. “Sam Worley and Alex Rogers did a nice job of working together and John Rice ran a complete race for us.”

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Worley finished 31st with a time of 23 minutes, 44.8 seconds in the men’s red 8K while Rogers finished 39th. Rogers was behind Worley by just under four seconds with a time of 23:48.7.

Rice finished the race in 24:07.9 for 57th place.

As a team the Longhorns finished ahead of No. 5 Arkansas by almost 60 points.

On the women’s side of the event, Destiny Collins had the top performance for Texas. She finished the women’s red 6K in 20:58.5 for 75th place.

“Destiny put herself up front and competed hard,” Herbster said. “We have two weeks to correct things and get ready for Big 12s. We have the personnel on the women’s side but need to race the way we practice.”

Pre-Nationals Invitational Team Scores (Top 10 + Texas)
Finish: Team (USTFCCCA ranking) – pts

Men’s Red 8K

1: BYU (2) – 41
2: Colorado (7) – 118 pts
3: Oregon (8) – 129
4: Virginia Tech (12) – 148
5: Ole Miss (24) – 193
6: Utah State (27) – 312
7: Texas (rv) – 317
8: Campbell (rv) – 340
9: Arkansas (5) – 374
10: Liberty – 383

Women’s Red 6K

1: Oregon (8) – 63
2: Colorado (1) – 91
3: Arkansas (9) – 148
4: Utah State (19) – 214
5: Michigan (4) – 235
6: Georgia (25) – 236
7: BYU (16) – 273
8: Eastern Kentucky (rv) – 299
9: Ole Miss (12) – 360
10: Northern Arizona (rv) – 387
26: Texas (rv) – 677

Texas Individual Results
Place: Name (pts), time

Men’s Red 8K

31: Sam Worley (30), 23:44.8
39: Alex Rogers (38), 23:48.7
57: John Rice (55), 24:07.9
82: Eric Kroon (80), 24:21.3
117: Garek Bielaczyc (114), 24:35.8

Women’s Red 6K

75: Destiny Collins (73), 20:58.5
101: Abby Guidry (99), 21:12.3
132: Alex Cruz (129), 21:29.8
188: Meghan Lloyd (185), 22:02.2
194: Abigail Hirst (191), 22:06.7
257: Olivia Thompson, 23:03.6

Men’s Black 8K

39: Dan Golden, 25:03.6
112: Logan Emery, 26:04.4

Women’s Black 6K

152: Abby Brudnick, 23:16.4
220: Anna Norman, 24:17.1

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