first_imgNew Orleans’ international-transfer Arina Kleshchukova crossed the finish line nearly 36 seconds after Girard and was named the Newcomer of the Year, along with garnering first-team all-conference honors. The rest of the first team included Lamar’s Katie Buckley, McNeese’s Gladys Jerotich and Stephen F. Austin’s Taryn Surratt.Incarnate Word’s men placed third with 82 points, followed by Stephen F. Austin and A&M-Corpus Christi. SFA’s women took bronze with 74 points, and McNeese and Incarnate Word rounded out the top five.For athletes who qualify, the NCAA South Central Regional qualifying race will take place on Friday, Nov. 9 in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M. The 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisc., on Saturday, Nov. 17. Final Results – Women | Final Results – Men | Photo GalleryLAKE CHARLES, La. – Through a muddy course at Enos Derbonne Park, the Central Arkansas men and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women emerged victoriously at the 2018 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday.With 57 team points, Central Arkansas dethroned reigning champion Lamar, the runner-up in the men’s race, to claim the program’s first ever conference title. With the lowest margin of victory in conference history, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women hoisted the trophy for the first time since 2011 with 70 team points, edging out Lamar by just one point.C H A M P I O N S!@ucatrackxc coming home with its first @SouthlandSports title! #BearClawsUp pic.twitter.com/CBFC6mzSox— UCAsports.com (@ucasports) October 26, 2018The Bears’ win was the epitome of a team performance with the top five individuals finishing between ninth and 15th and clocking in within 16 seconds of each other. Senior Markus Schweikert and sophomore Alex Hanson garnered second-team all-conference honors for finishing ninth and 10th, respectively.Lamar senior Jamie Crowe successfully defended his individual title, crossing the finish line just ahead of the 26-minute mark, followed by teammate Jordan Rowe at 26:17.5. Crowe was named the Athlete of the Year, and Rowe, an international transfer, took home the Newcomer of the Year Award. Incarnate Word runners Garrett Cortez and Baptiste Jard joined Crowe and Rowe on the all-conference first team, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Titus Kiplagat, the league’s Freshman of the Year.Islanders’ senior Allyson Girard is just the second individual champion to hail from A&M-Corpus Christi and the first since Anne Ronoh in 2009. Girard posted a 6K time of 22:15.6 en route to earning Athlete of the Year and first-time all-conference honors.last_img

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