Oct. 1, 2011
Austin, Texas - The Rice Owls men's cross country team placed second at the Grass Routes Grand Prix at the Morris Williams Golf Course under the lights on Friday.
The Owls tallied 66 points, just 22 behind first place Lamar (44). Texas B squad was third with 77 points. Lamar had three runners in the top 10 with Matt Johnson wining the 8K race in 25:14.0. Patrick Kimeli from Texas A&M Corpus Christi was second with a time of 25:32.1.
"Michael Trejo had a great race and he barely was third and Gabe Cuadra led a lot of the race and looked really good, while John Cavallo worked his way up and William Firth looked solid," stated Rice head coach Jon Warren. "I am really happy by the team's performance."
Senior Michael Trejo led the Rice contingent with a third place time of 25:32.5. The second Owl across the tape was Gabe Cuadra in 10th at 25:54.4. Sophomore John Cavallo was 14th (26:02.1), while freshman William Firth was 19th (26:23.7), and James Llamas was 20th (26:24.6).
The extremely hilly course and the 8:15 pm start time, gave new meaning for Friday night lights.
Said Warren, "The course was a 2K loop with a wonderful set-up. Running at night was a lot of fun and it was only dark in a couple of areas. I know our team really enjoyed it."
The Owls will field a squad at next week's HBU Invitational (Oct. 7).
1 Lamar, 44
2 Rice, 66
3 Texas B, 77
4 Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 92
5 Houston, 125
6 Texas Tech, 243
7 UT-Arlington, 246
8 Dallas Baptist, 251
9 Texas A&M Kingsville, 258
3 Michael Trejo, 25:32.5
10 Gabe Cuadra, 25:54.4
14 John Cavallo, 26:02.1
19 Will Firth, 26:23.7
20 James Llamas, 26:24.6
27 Matt Carey, 26:38.0
28 Travis Roberts, 26:42.0
Tony Urbanelli, 27:18.7
Wyatt Doop, 27:35.7
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