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 men fall just short of Big 12 cross-country title

Posted October 28th, 2017

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The Texas Longhorns cross-country men’s team came up one point shy of claiming the Big 12 cross-country title in Old Settlers Park in Round Rock Saturday.

The closest contested Big 12 cross-country  conference championship went to No. 23 Iowa State. The No. 24 Longhorns were runners up with 41 points.

“We weren’t really expected to win, except in our own locker room,” coach Brad Herbster said. “To come out here today, and really challenge for the win is what we wanted to do. We wanted to win.”

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The Texas women finished in third place after taking seventh last season. The women were one point behind second-place Oklahoma State. The Iowa State Cyclones won their sixth title in seven years.

Sam Worley was the men’s top finisher with a time of 24:12.4 in the men’s 8K. Connor O’Neill was seventh with a time of 24:17.0 while Alex Rogers was eighth in 24:17.1. John Rice was the final top-10 finisher for Texas at 24:18.6.

Destiny Collins was the top women’s finisher for Texas. She clocked a 20:23.0 in the 6K race. Alex Cruz was next best with a time of 20:42.7.

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