Cross country looks to improve meet performance

Sam Houston State University women’s cross-country team finished fifth out of 14 teams at the Rice Invitational last Friday.

Senior Alyssa Dooley’s led the Bearkats in the 4,220-meter race, placing 10th place in her run of 15:31.

Dooley was closely followed by her freshmen teammates Miranda Prado (16:06) and Ana Moreno (16:11), while sophomores Olivia Olguin and Nicole Aponte both finished with a 16:16 time.

The team finished with 152 points, putting them behind conference teams Lamar (80) and Stephen F. Austin (125).

The men’s team, however, didn’t rise to the same level as the women’s team.

Junior Karl Schreiber had the best results out of the Bearkats with his 46th place finish; completing the 5,500-meter race in 17:57. Schreiber said he has a lot of work to do before heading into the next meet.

“I want to improve fitness-wise and feel I’m in better race shape and ready to compete,” he said.

Coming off a second place finish in the Lumberjack Opener on Aug. 30, Lucio Rios continued to put up another strong time with a final 18:04 time.

Schreiber and Rios’ times weren’t enough to elevate the SHSU men out of an 11th place finish.

The Bearkats have less than two weeks to prepare for their next meet in Corpus Christi. The team will be working on more race specific workouts and trying to finish better as a team, Schreiber says.

“We’re a pretty good team,” Schreiber said. “If everyone performs well in a more competitive race-minded attitude, we’ll be able to close more compact as a team, which will give us a huge advantage point wise.”

SHSU’s next meet is on Sept. 27 at the A&M

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