UH Cross Country Teams Host Houston Invitational on Friday, Sept. 21

Sept. 20, 2001

Houston, Texas -

The University of Houston men's and women's cross country teams will race for the first time since August 31 when they are the hosts for the Houston Invitational Cross Country Meet on Friday, September 21 at Allen Parkway.

The Cougars will be competing against teams from Texas Southern, Prairie View A&M and Texas-Pan American.

The women's race will be at 5:30 p.m., and the men's race will follow at 6:00 p.m. Both Cougar teams competed last in the Rice Relay Invitational on August 31. The Lady Cougars had the top four relay teams in the meet.

Freshman Kelly McCarty made her collegiate debut and teamed with junior Julie Perez to win the women's division of the Rice Relays on August 31. McCarty and Perez finished the 5,400-meter course in 19:49.7.

They edged teammates Jessie Oakes, a sophomore from Springfield, Ohio, and Kim Stallman, a junior from Columbus, Texas. Oakes and Stallman finished in a combined time of 20:05.8.

In addition, freshman Veronica Ramirez competed unattached and teamed with senior Monica Reyna to finish third in 20:21.6.

In the men's division, freshman Cole Dailey made his debut for Houston's men's cross country team and teamed with Mike Olague to finish third. Dailey and Olague finished the 10,800-meter course in 35:24.3. Olague competed in the event as an unattached runner.

Senior Kevin Ward and sophomore Juan Cardenas combined to finish sixth in the race with a time of 37:02.0, while freshmen Carolos Rivas and Justin Urrutia were 11th in a time of 38:12.3.



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