Women's Cross Country finishes in 11th place at 2005 Big 12 Championships
WACO, Texas -- The University of Texas women's cross country squad took 11th place Friday at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships at Baylor's Bear Run Cross Country Course. As a result, UT moved up one spot from its 12th-place finish at the 2004 Big 12 Championships.
Freshman Arianna McKinney (Pine Hill, N.J.) led the Longhorns with a six-kilometer time of 22 minutes, 53 seconds to place 44th overall. Junior Landra Stewardson (Detroit, Texas) placed 58th in 23:31, while freshman Larkin Geyer, a recent addition to the team, took 66th in 23:51.
Freshman Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.), the fourth Longhorn to cross the finish line, took 69th in an even 24 minutes, while junior Lige Stewardson (Detroit, Texas) rounded out the Texas scoring with a 76th-place time of 24:33.
"The ladies had terrific attitudes today and ran with a lot of heart," noted UT assistant women's track and field coach Len Klepack. "I'm pleased with them because of their desire, and I feel they will learn from this experience."
Klepack lauded the effort of McKinney, the freshman who missed much of the team's recent training due to an illness.
"She only had a week of training in the last three weeks, but she ran a strong race anyway," Klepack said. "I think she has many more quality meets ahead of her."
Klepack expects good things to come from Friday's meet.
"This team is moving in the right direction and continues to get better. These ladies can use their efforts today to their benefit at the regionals."
The Big 12 Cross Country Championship event is a component that factors into the State Farm Lone Star Showdown standings. As a result of today's victories by the Texas men and the Texas A&M women, the currently tally reads 3.0-1.0, in favor of Texas.
The Texas women's cross country squad returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the NCAA Regional Championships at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco.
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