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2013 ASC Cross Country Championships Set to Run in Abilene

Published On: Oct 30 2013 12:16:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 30 2013 12:16:57 PM CDT
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The 2013 American Southwest Conference Cross Country Championships are set for Saturday (Nov. 2), hosted by Hardin-Simmons University at Sherrod Park in Abilene, Texas.

The men’s 8k race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and the women’s 6k race will start at 9:15 a.m.

The Texas-Tyler men’s team returns five runners that placed in the top nine in the 2012 ASC Championship including the individual champion, senior Nick Huff (Holly Lake Ranch, Texas/Harmony HS). The Patriots have won seven of the last eight ASC championship meets and have also won six of the last seven individual titles. In 2013, Texas-Tyler has continued to impress, winning three races and have placed in the top five in each event.

Huff has a chance to make league history as he attempts to become the fourth two-time individual champion joining former Texas-Tyler runner Ben Donnan (2006, ‘07), Matthew Manning of Mississippi College (2004, ‘05) and David Chandler of McMurry (1998, 2000). In 2013, Huff has two top 20 finishes, including a first-place time at the Texas-Tyler Twilight (Sept. 6).

If Huff is to repeat as the individual champion, he will have to overcome some of the top runners in the conference. Leading the competition is Ozarks freshman Ryan Holt (Belfast, Ireland) and Concordia Texas sophomore Riley Zoch (Giddings, Texas/Giddings HS). In four races this fall, Holt has two wins and finished no lower than fourth place. Zoch has also posted two wins and was Concordia’s top men’s runner in four out of five events.

In the women’s race, a different ASC university has won the championship in each of the last four seasons. Mississippi College and Texas Lutheran were co-champions in 2012. Concordia Texas took home the crown in 2011. Championship host Hardin-Simmons won it in 2010, and Texas-Tyler won the title in 2009.

The women’s individual medalist projects to be a close race. Texas-Tyler junior Carly Kitts (Midlothian, Texas/Midlothian HS) and Concordia Texas senior Megan Wagenaar (Missouri City, Texas/Logos Prep HS) have the resumes to push for the individual title. Kitts has a first and second-place finish this fall, including setting the school record in the 6k (23:41). Wagenaar, who placed 14th in the 2012 ASC Championship, recorded a top-five finish this fall in addition to setting the Concordia school record in the 5k (18:38).

The men’s and women’s championship field is comprised of nine ASC universities – Concordia Texas, East Texas Baptist, Hardin-Simmons, LeTourneau, Louisiana College, Ozarks, Sul Ross State, Texas-Dallas and Texas-Tyler.

NOTES: Free admission … The awards presentation will begin at approximately 10:05 a.m. … The 2013 championships are the first to be hosted by Hardin-Simmons … The previous cross country championships in Abilene, Texas (1999, 2002, ‘07) were hosted by former ASC member McMurry … The Texas-Tyler men’s cross country team leads the ASC with seven league championships and have won six of the last seven individual titles … The 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country South/Southeast Region Championships, which are open meets, will run Nov. 16 in Newport News, Va., on the Lee Hall Mansion Course. Christopher Newport University will serve as host … The national championship races will be Nov. 23 in Hanover, Ind. … To talk about/follow the ASC Cross Country Championships on Twitter, use the hashtag #ASCcc.

 

2013 ASC Championship Schedule

6:00 a.m.

ASC Championship course open for warmup

8:20 a.m.

Announcements and call to starting line for men

8:30 a.m.

Start ASC Men’s Cross Country Championship (8k)

9:00 a.m.

Announcements and call to starting line for women

9:15 a.m.

Start ASC Women’s Cross Country Championship (6k)

10:05 a.m.

Awards Ceremony

 

Men’s Team Champions

1996

Ozarks

1997

Mississippi College

1998

Mississippi College

1999

McMurry

2000

McMurry

2001

Mississippi College

2002

Mississippi College

2003

Mississippi College

2004

Mississippi College

2005

Texas-Tyler

2006

Texas-Tyler

2007

Texas-Tyler

2008

Texas-Tyler

2009

Mississippi College

2010

Texas-Tyler

2011

Texas-Tyler

2012

Texas-Tyler

 

Men’s Individual Champions

1996

Mitchell Wolowicz, McMurry (24:40.5 – 5 mile)

1997

Seth Jones, Mississippi College (31:54.00 – 8K)

1998

David Chandler, McMurry (27:17.70 – 8K)

1999

Tom Hanes, Mississippi College (26:56.20 – 8K)

2000

David Chandler, McMurry (27:31.00 – 8K)

2001

Justin Jernigan, Mississippi College (26:55.38 – 8K)

2002

Braegan Enright, McMurry (27:23.00 – 8K)

2003

Justin Rogers, Mississippi College (27:40.96 – 8K)

2004

Mathew Manning, Mississippi College (27:37.00 – 8K)

2005

Mathew Manning, Mississippi College (25:50.46 – 8K)

2006

Ben Donnan, Texas-Tyler (26:16.00 – 8K)

2007

Ben Donnan, Texas-Tyler (25:46.34 – 8K)

2008

Warren Brown, Texas-Tyler (26:06 – 8K)

2009

Tino Gonzalez, Mississippi College (28:02.32 – 8K)

2010

Jeff Chandler, Texas-Tyler (26:20.00 – 8K)

2011

Ross Renfroe, Texas-Tyler (25:42.30 – 8K)

2012

Nick Huff, Texas-Tyler (26:12.97 – 8k)

 

Women’s Team Champions

1996

Austin College

1997

Mississippi College

1998

Mississippi College

1999

Mississippi College

2000

Mississippi College

2001

Mississippi College

2002

Texas Lutheran

2003

Texas Lutheran

2004

Texas Lutheran

2005

Mississippi College

2006

McMurry

2007

Mississippi College

2008

Mississippi College

2009

Texas-Tyler

2010

Hardin-Simmons

2011

Concordia Texas

2012

Mississippi College

 

Texas Lutheran (Co-champs)

 

Women’s Individual Champions

1996

Alisha Rygh, Howard Payne (20:25.00 – 5K)

1997

Julie Schmidt, Mississippi College (23:31.00 – 5K)

1998

Sheila Hynum, Mississippi College (19:40.33 – 5K)

1999

Sheila Hynum, Mississippi College (21:07.10 – 5K)

2000

Nicole Hollifield, Mississippi College (19:29.00 – 5K)

2001

Nicole Hollifield, Mississippi College (19:07.64 – 5K)

2002

Amanda Ward, McMurry (24:50.00 – 6K)

2003

Samara Williams, Texas Lutheran (24:19.89 – 6K)

2004

Samara Williams, Texas Lutheran (24:44.00 – 6K)

2005

Rachel Hardin, Mississippi College (24:09.78 – 6K)

2006

Carla Lewis, McMurry (24:11.00 – 6K)

2007

Magan Saenz, Texas Lutheran (24:16.65 – 6K)

2008

Kellie Kirby, Mississippi College (24:36.60 – 6K)

2009

Carla Lewis, McMurry (25:01.52 – 6K)

2010

Lindsey Hinton, Hardin-Simmons (23:14.00 – 6K)

2011

Alaisha Guerra, McMurry (23:54.18 – 6K)

2012

Nicole Leman, LeTourneau (22:39.95 – 6k)

Information provided by ASC athletics department.