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Harriers Claim Share Of Desert Invite Title

Laura Affeld finished fifth overall at the UNLV Desert Invitational on Saturday.

Sept. 29, 2012

2012 UNLV Desert Invite - Women's Results | Men's Results

BOULDER CITY, Nev. ( - The Rebel cross country team claimed a share of the 2012 UNLV Desert Invitational title with Cal State Northridge on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in nearby Boulder City. UNLV and Cal State Northridge accumlated 50 points apiece with the former having two harriers finish in the top five, while the latter had one.

"Today was a step in the right direction," said head cross country coach Jebreh Harris. "The team ran well and we finished strong. We are looking forward to our next competition in southern California."

Lauren Petersen led the Rebel contingent with a third-place showing and a time of 19:18.1. Laura Affeld finished fifth overall in 19:32.1.

Auzsane Crowe-Carter was the third Rebel to cross the finish line - 11th overall - in 20:12.0. Amanda Berg and Corey Honeycutt also scored for UNLV behind their 13th (20:21.0) and 18th (20:39.2) finishes, respectively.

Courtney Allen (23rd / 21:11.5), Katie Cochran (24th / 21.24.2), Allison Motor (22:31.9) and Iris Minguia (22:43.0) rounded out UNLV's nine participants in the meet.

CSUN was paced by Araceli Zainos and her second-place finish (19:05.5).

Dixe State, which finished fourth overall with 60 points, had the top finisher in the race. Rachel Young finished first with the only sub-19:00 time - 18:52.7. Brianna Decker was a second Dixie State runner to finish in the top five with her 19:28.0, which was good enough for fourth.



Grand Canyon accumulated 59 points and finished one point ahead of Dixie State for third.

UNLV returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, at UC San Diego's Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif.

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