Rebels Conclude Season At NCAA Regional|
Nov. 15, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV cross country team finished 32nd overall at the 2013 NCAA West Regional hosted by Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission on Friday. All five of the Rebel harriers that participated ran personal-best times in the 6K race held the Haggin Oaks Golf Course.
Auzsane Crowe-Carter led the Scarlet & Gray with a final time of 21:43, which placed her 124th overall. Sara Williams was the second Rebel to cross the finish line in 22:40 (188th). Miranda Menzies (198th, 22:59), Ryanne Bailey (214th, 24:37) and Arielle Steimer-Barragan (216th, 25.09) rounded out the Rebel contingent.
"We had personal best for everyone today," said Rebel cross country head coach Jebreh Harris. "We have grown and grown together a lot this season. Besides Auzsane, this is the first time these runners have ever competed in this type of hostile environment. Times and performance may look a certain way from the outside, but we are maturing and progressing. I am proud of how we competed today and how we rebounded from our performance at the conference meet. We could have done better as a team, but I am encouraged by how we approached the race. Building the foundation of a house takes time and patience. We are putting tight and strong bricks in place to build a sturdy house. I am excited for our next track and cross country seasons."
By virtue of their one-two finish, Arizona and Stanford advance to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 23. Arizona, the top-ranked team in the latest USTFCCCA Top 25 Poll, had three of its runners place in the top 10 - eighth, ninth and 10th - to help record a team score of 84 behind a final team time of 99:34. Stanford, who is 18th in the nation, was aided by two of its runners coming in third and sixth en route to help it accumulate a team score of 94 and a time of 99:44.
Boise State's Emma Bates, the 2013 Mountain West's individual champion, finished first overall at the regional with a time of 19:11. Bates earned one of four qualifying spots in Terre Haute along with Arizona State's Shelby Houlihan (2nd, 19:14), Washington's Katie Flood (4th, 19:27) and California's Kelsey Santisteban (5th, 19:29).