November 14, 2009

ISLANDERS 6TH AND 12TH AT NCAA SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL, RONOH TO NATIONALS

WACO- Led by Anne Ronoh's sixth-place finish as an individual the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's finished sixth overall Saturday at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships hosted by Baylor. The Islander men placed 12th.

Ronoh was the top individual finisher from the Southland Conference crossing the line in a time of 21:16.6 to place sixth. Ronoh advances to the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. for the second-straight season. The championship will be held Monday, Nov. 23.

Ronoh wasn't alone in posting a solid finish for the women, who finished sixth as a team for the program's best finish at the meet. Seniors Meghan Lemke and Faith Barlow has strong meets. Hampered by an injury much of the season, Lemke was 30th with a time of 22:15.4. Barlow stopped the clock in 22:53.2 to place 46th. Courtney Johnson was five spots behind Barlow in 23:01.0. Kristine Torres was the fifth scorer for the Islanders placing 67th in 23:18.9. BreAnna Briggs was 70th (23:21.9) and Sarah De Los Santos 80th (23:39.2).

"Our goal was cracking the top four as a team on the women's side, but while we came up short we are closer to reaching that goal," said cross country head coach Shawn Flanagan of the women . "Our seniors really came through for us. Meghan Lemke had a superior performance, Faith Barlow delivered for us and Anne Ronoh was fantastic once again."

The women, who won their third Southland Conference title at West Guth Park two weeks ago were tops by 34 points over the Southland's second-best finisher Stephen F. Austin, who was eighth. The Islanders also defeated non-conference foes Houston and Texas A&M. Other SLC teams in the top 15 were McNeese State 10th, UTSA 11th, Nicholls 12th, and Lamar 14th.

Patrik Kimeli was the top finisher on the men's side for the Islanders in 31st. The freshman from Kenya finished the 10K meet in 32:26.5. Fellow freshmen Curtis Patton and Jordan Valle were 75th (33:57.4) and 76th (33:59.0), respectively. Sophomore Daniel Barlow was 81st in 34:09.5, while Kirk Dalheim was 86th in 34:15.4 in his final race. Junior Eloy Zertuche was 88th (34:32.3).

"Kirk Dalheim ran a good race for us today with Curtis Patton and Patrick Kimeli both raced well," said Flanagan. "As a team we'll build on this and continue to improve going forward."

Women Team Standings

1. SMU, 43; 2. Baylor, 54; 3. Arkansas, 66; 4. Texas, 124; 5. Rice, 172; 6. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 199; 7. Houston, 208; 8. Stephen F. Austin, 233; 9. Texas A&M, 285; 10. McNeese State, 300; 11. UTSA, 311; 12. Nicholls State, 328; 13. North Texas, 344; 14. Lamar, 392; 15. Tulane, 414; 16. Texas State, 417; 17. Arkansas State, 421; 18. Texas-Arlington, 427; 19. Arkansas-Little Rock, 491; 20. Texas-Pan American, 499; 21. LSU, 500.

Women Individual Finish

6. Anne Ronoh 21:16.6; 30. Meghan Lemke 22:15.4; 46. Faith Barlow 22:53.2; 51. Courtney Johnson 23:01.0; 67. Kristine Torres 23:18.3; 70. BreAnna Briggs 23:21.9; 80. Sarah De Los Santos 23:39.2

Men Team Standings-

1. Arkansas, 47; 2. Texas, 71; 3. Lamar, 83; 4. Texas A&M, 89; 5. Stephen F. Austin, 159; 6. McNeese State, 185; 7. Baylor, 215; 8. Arkansas-Little Rock, 225; 8. UTSA, 225; 10. Rice, 227; 11. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 278; 12. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 339; 13. Houston, 382; 14. Texas-Pan America, 411; 15. Texas State, 427; 16. Arkansas State, 428; 17. SE Louisiana, 447; 18. LSU, 486; 19. UT Arlington, 497.

Men Individual Finish-

31. Patrick Kemeli 32:26.5; 75. Curtis Patton 33:57.4; 76. Jordan Valle 33:59.0; 81. Daniel Barlow 34:09.5; 86. Kirk Dalheim 34.15.4; 88. Eloy Zertuche 34.22.3.