Cross Country Takes Second at HBU Puma Cross Country Open

Megan Munoz

Oct. 7, 2011

HOUSTON - The University of Houston cross country teams placed second at the HBU Puma Cross Country Open Friday night at Houston Baptist University. Senior Megan Munoz took first place in the women's three-mile run. The No. 1 finish was the first of Munoz's career.

"What Megan did today is a great example of what years of training and patience produce," head coach Ryan Turner said. "She's improved every year; words can not describe how proud I am of her for getting her first cross country victory."

Munoz finished the three-mile course in 17:29 seconds, 12 seconds faster than the closest competitor. Julie Reinwald and Starla Garcia also netted Houston top-10 finishes, as Reinwald finished fifth posting a 18:09 mark, while Garcia finished ninth, completing the course in 18:16. Taylor Beer and Eryn Barroso placed 20th and 21st, respectively, rounding out the top-five runners for Houston.

The women took second to Rice, while defeating Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist, Baylor, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.

"We talk each week about what it's going to take for our team to move from being good to great," Turner said. "For the second straight week Julie Reinwald has embraced those words and has been a true example of mental toughness, competing with a purpose, and Cougar Pride."

On the men's side, David Smith and Andres Santaolalla finished third and fourth, leading the men to a second place finish. Smith finished the four-mile course in 19:50, while Santaolalla posted a time of 20:23. Freshman Anthony Coleman took 13th place, followed by fellow freshman Mark Fernando who placed 17th, giving the Cougars four top-20 finishers.



"I feel really good about the way our men ran today," Turner said. "Meets like these are important for the development of our younger runners. David and Andres both ran much better this week, emotionally they stayed calm, focused and engaged throughout the race"

Houston will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., for the Cal-State Northridge Invitational on Oct. 15.

MEN - 2nd
3. David Smith - 19:50
4. Andres Santaolalla - 20:23
13. Anthony Coleman - 21:05
17. Mark Fernando - 21:17
31. John Salazar - 21:54
35. Lexington Turner - 22:15
37. Sam Dufford - 22:32
41. Doug Kelly - 22:55

WOMEN - 2nd
1. Megan Munoz - 17:29
5. Julie Reinwald- 18:09
9. Starla Garcia - 18:16
20. Taylor Beer - 18:57
52. Eryn Barroso - 19:03
25. Alexis Vick - 19:08
31. Ciara Johnson - 19:28
35. Haili Beam - 20:01
49. Yasiris Gonzales - 20:59

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