Oct. 27, 2011
Houston - Conference USA and Rice University are set to play host to the 2011 C-USA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Oct. 31, at Wildcat Golf Club in Houston.
The men's 8K race is scheduled for a 9 a.m. CT start, while the women's 6K race begins at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow the races at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Wildcat Golf Club is located at 12000 Almeda
The defending C-USA men's and women's cross country champion is Tulsa. A year ago, the Golden Hurricane became the third program in league history to sweep the championship titles. Both teams look to defend their crowns but will have strong competition against the remaining field.
Prior to the most recent USTFCCCA women's poll, Tulsa was ranked No. 30 in the country. In the South Central Regional poll SMU and Rice are No. 3 and 4, respectively, while Tulsa is ranked 12th in the Midwest as is East Carolina in the Southeast. UTEP and UAB are both ranked 14th in their respective regions this week.
UTEP has two-time C-USA medalist for the women, Risper Kimaiyo, returning to this year's meet and is looking to become the first three-repeat champion in league history. Pushing her on Halloween Monday will be redshirt senior and 2008 individual medalist Silje Fjortoft of SMU. Both enter the championship race with stellar regular-season meets.
2010 Rice Women's Results - C-USA Championship
6 Halsey Fowler 16:57 - All-C-USA First Team
8 Nicole Mericle 17:04 - All-C-USA Second Team
12 Britany Williams 17:11 - All-C-USA Second Team
13 Allison Pye 17:12 - All-C-USA Second Team
18 Meredith Gamble 17:36 - All-C-USA Third Team
22 Marie Thompson 17:45
32 Heather Olson 18:03
43 Aaren Pastor 18:26
61 Farah Madanay 18:59
2010 C-USA Championship Women's Team Results
1. 27 Tulsa
2. 57 Rice
3. 97 UTEP
4. 102 UAB
5. 132 Southern Methodist
6. 141 East Carolina
7. 201 Houston
8. 211 Southern Miss
9. 233 Tulane
10. 293 Memphis
11. 334 UCF
12. 381 Marshall
Individual Medalist: Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP
Outstanding Senior: Katie Wright, Tulsa
Freshman of the Year: Meredith Gamble, Rice
Coach of the Year: Steve Gulley, Tulsa