Islanders Cross Country Executes Rankings, Finishes Strong at Rice Invitational

MEN'S RESULTS | WOMEN'S RESULTS

HOUSTON – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's and women's cross country teams had a strong night Friday at the 37th Annual Justin F. Cooper Memorial Rice Invitational on the campus of Rice University. The women's team placed third while the men's team clocked in a fourth-place finish.

"Both teams executed well tonight," Head Coach Shawn Flanagan said. "It was a tight race and as we saw the rankings were well deserved."

On the women's side, the Islanders, who are ranked No. 9 in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings placed third with 123 points. The Islanders finished behind Texas A&M (42 points) and Rice (114 points) but ahead of Southland foes Stephen F. Austin (139 points), Sam Houston State (167 points), McNeese State (170 points) and Lamar (181 points). Senior BreAnna Briggs led the way for the women in 14th place with a 4k time of 13:17. The next three Islanders finished in the top 25. Vanessa Galindo (22) and Jasmine Boutte (23) both clocked a time of 13:32 and Cecilia Jones followed with a time of 13:37 to finish 25th. Shelby Polasek finished with a time of 14:05.   

"The top four girls executed well and with a little more support we will be fine," Flanagan said.

On the men's side, the Islanders, who are ranked No. 6 in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings placed fourth place with 88 points, three points behind Lamar and Rice with 85 points. Texas A&M took the top spot with 37 points. The Islanders finished in front of Southland foes McNeese State (93 points) and Sam Houston State (201 points). Senior Patrick Kimeli paced the men's team with a 6k time of 17:11. Right behind Kimeli was Philipp Baar in 14th place with a time of 17:12. Paul Hansel (23) clocked a time of 17:25 followed by Daniel Barlow (27) and Abel Koskey (28) with a time of 17:32.     

"The top seven guys ran well," Flanagan said. "The men went out, got up front and stayed solid. This is one of the most complete men's teams that we have had."

The Islanders will return home to host the Islander Splash on Fri., Sept. 28 at West Guth Park. The women's 5km will begin at 6:20 p.m. followed by the men's 8km at 6:45 p.m.

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Women's 4k Run Team Scores:

1. Texas A&M                                   42

2. Rice                                                114

3. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi     123

4. Stephen F. Austin                       139

5. Adidas TeamGreen                     167

5. Sam Houston State                     167

7. Trinity                                             168

8. McNeese State                             170

9. Lamar                                             181

10. Texas State                                 207

11. Houston                                      245

12. HBU                                             292

13. Texas A&M - Kingsville                344

14. Prairie View                                406    

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Individual Results:

14. BreAnna Briggs                         13:17

22. Vanessa Galindo                      13:32

23. Jasmine Boutte                          13:32

25. Cecilia Jones                             13:37

53. Shelby Polasek                         14:05

67. Ashley Mills                                14:17

83. Maeghen Wedgeworth             14:32

86. Regina Salinas                          14:36

95. Alexandria Rossi                       14:53

105. Samantha Hardin                   15:03

114. Chelsey Arambula                  15:20

131. Kayla Fischer                           16:22

 

Men's 6k Run Team Scores:

1. Texas A&M                                   37

2. Lamar                                          85

2. Rice                                              85

4. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi          88

5. McNeese State                             93

6. Houston                                       161

7. Sam Houston State                     201

8. Trinity                                          217

9. Adidas TeamGreen                     287

10. Prairie View                              319

11. Texas Southern                           324

12. Texas State                                 330

13. Texas A&M - Kingsville                 343

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Individual Results:

12. Patrick Kimeli                             17:11

14. Philipp Baar                               17:12

23. Paul Hansel                               17:25

27. Daniel Barlow                            17:32

28. Abel Koskey                               17:32

40. Valentinas Rudys                     17:51

48. Adrian Marquez                         17:57

52. Brandon Lacy                            18:01

54. Jacob Abrego                             18:01

65. Christoph Hintz                         18:11

82. Julian Pfeiffer                            18:37