TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi cross country runner Anne Ronoh became the first Islander women runner to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championship fining 125th out of 252 runners on Monday
Ronoh, who is the first Islander woman to run in the race, advanced to the meet as one of the top two individuals at the regional meet not on a qualifying team after placing 11th in 21:05. In blustery conditions on Monday, the Islander finished in 21:22.7. She was 12th out of the runners from South Central Region and was the lone Southland Conference runner in the field.
"The race was not exactly what we had hoped for, but I am pleased that she was able to finish in the top half of the field in what was a very tough race," said Islander head coach Shawn Flanagan. "Now she knows what it is like run in a race at this level and can put it to use in the future. She put in a solid performance in what should be a tremendous learning experience.
"We talked after the race that the goal is to get back to the race next year with, but this time with her teammates."
The Islanders return the nucleus of their two-time defending Southland Conference Championship team with Ronoh, Courtney Johnson, Caitlyn Arambula, Sarah De Los Santos, Sheila Salil, Cynthia Santaella, Alex Bullard, and Kristine Torres slated to be back. They will be bolstered by the return of Meghan Lemke and Daniela Prado who both redshirted this past season and the addition of Faith Barlow. Barlow sat out this season after transferring from UTSA.