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 teams qualify for NCAA Championships

Posted November 10th, 2017

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The Texas cross country men’s and women’s teams qualified for the NCAA Championships after second-place finishes at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships Friday.

Both teams picked up automatic qualifying spots with their finishes.

The men’s team had six of its runners finish in the top 25 of the competition.

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“Great performances on both sides. They really stepped up,” said coach Brad Herbster. “Punching the ticket, first and foremost, that’s what we came here to do.”

Alex Rogers led the men with a third-place finish in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:03.1. Destiny Collins had the best finish for the women, posting a time of 20:05.4 for 10th place in the 6,000 meters.

The teams next travel to Louisville for the NCAA Championships next Saturday. The men will compete at the event for the ninth year in a row as the women make a return to the championships after missing last year.

Texas Individual Results
Women

10: Destiny Collins, 20:05.4
16: Abby Guidry, 20:23.5
17: Alex Cruz, 20:24.9
24: Meghan Lloyd, 20:39.2
26: Mary Beth Hamilton, 20:44.1
29: Abigail Hirst, 20:49.9
65: Jordan Welborn, 21:41.2

Men

3: Alex Rogers, 30:03.1
12: John Rice, 30:19.3
19: Jacob Pickle, 30:36.0
20: Eric Kroon, 30:39.6
22: Garek Bielaczyc, 30:48.6
23: Charles Mills, 30:50.5
Sam Worley, DNF

Team Scores (Top 5)
Women

1: Arkansas, 35^
2: Texas, 93^
3: Baylor, 116
4: SMU, 148
5: Abilene Christian, 163

Men

1: Arkansas, 59^
2: Texas, 73^
3: Texas A&M, 98
4: McNeese State, 173
5: Texas State, 179

^ – denotes automatic bid to NCAA Championships

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