Sept. 23, 2011
Corpus Christi, Texas - The Rice Owls women's cross country team, led by sophomore Farrah Madanay's first collegiate cross country title, won the Islander Splash Invitational Friday.
It was Rice's second-straight team title and head coach Jim Bevan was beaming after his squad's showing in Corpus Christi.
"We had a great performance today, with quite a few ladies improving over last week,' stated Bevan. "It was great to get a team victory, with a 50-second split from one to five. It's great to come home with five runners in the top ten, the individual winner, and a 50-second split!"
Madanay covered the three-mile circuit in 18:27 as the Owls only tallied 29 points with five top 10 finishes. Placing second in the team standings was the host school, Texas A&M Corpus Christi with 55 points.
Bevan was impressed by Madanay's strategy.
"I was very proud of Farrah Madanay, as she continues to improve and impress," gushed Bevan. "She laid off the early pace, moved up, and gradually gained until she finally took over the lead from Halsey Fowler about two-and-one-quarter miles into the race and then finished strong. Farrah was about 35th two years ago and our eighth runner. Wow, she has really improved."
"It was great to have Halsey back in the lineup after missing her last spring," said Bevan. "She is improving week by week. Allie (Schaich), Lindsay (Miller), and Aaren (Pastor) did a good job moving up and shutting the door on the field."
The Owls run at Notre Dame next weekend in Indiana.
"We were holding a few runners out for training and for sickness and hope to be at full strength next week at Notre Dame," concluded Bevan.
1 Rice, 29
2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 55
3 Texas-Pan American, 74
4 Angelo State, 86
5 Texas A&M-Kingsville, 121
6 St. Mary's Univ., 180
7 Texas Southern, 206
1, Farah Madanay,18:27
5, Halsey Fowler, 18:45
6, Allie Schaich, 18:52
7, Lindsay Miller, 19:01
10, Aaren Pastor, 19:17
13, Laura Michel, 19:34
15, Johanna Ohm, 19:39
19, Kathleen Abadie, 20:04