ISLANDER MEN CLAIM TITLE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
SEGUIN For the second straight week, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's cross country team captured the individual and team titles winning the Texas Lutheran Invitational.
The Islanders placed their five scoring runners amongst the top 11 with the tandem of Scott Vance and Erik Burciaga placing first and second. Vance, who won his second career individual title in as many weeks, finished 19 seconds ahead of the senior Burciaga with a time of 25:28 over the 8K course. Burciaga stopped the clock in 25:49.
Edward Kemei and Kirk Dalheim placed sixth and seventh respectively. Kemei stopped the clock with a mark of 26:09 and Dalheim 26:14. Ari Perez was 11th with a time of 26:41. Fourth other Islanders competed but did not score. Eloy Zertuche had a time of 27:25, Richard Zapata finished in 27:34, Paul Keter crossed the line in 27:39 and Blaine Gibson recorded a time of 28:02.
The men finished with a score of 27 points and were 33 points ahead of second-place finisher UTSA, who had 60. Lynchburg was third (71), Trinity fourth (105), Texas State fifth (116), Southwestern sixth (192), and Texas A&M-International seventh (220). Rounding out the top 10 were UT Dallas (eighth, 265), Dallas (ninth, 289) and Schreiner (301). Texas A&M-Kingsville (303) and Huston-Tillotson (320) were 11th and 12th, respectively.
Both the men and women, who did not compete, are off for two weeks until heading to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Chile Pepper Festival. The meet is their final tuneup for the Southland Conference Championships on Monday, Nov. 3.