St. Louis, Mo.-- University of Houston junior Michael Olague finished in second place at the 2000 Conference USA Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo.
Olague completed the 8,000-meter course in 24:34.52 just 2.01 seconds behind Tulane's Solomon Kandie to earn all-Conference USA honors for the second straight year.
Olague led the Cougars to a seventh place finish as a team. South Florida won the C-USA men's team championship as the Bulls had three of the top six runners in the race and finished with 41 points.
Tulane was second with 91 points and Charlotte was third with 97 points. Houston scored 163 points in the race as Olague finished second, freshman Jared Kuntz was 26th and Tartou Kargou was 38th. In addition, junior Gary Skinner finished in 44th place in the race, while Juan Cardenas was 53rd and Ronnie Martinez was 54th.
In the women's championship, Marquette was the C-USA champion with 44 points as the Golden Eagles edged South Florida who was second with 56 points. Tulane was third with 104 points, while Cincinnati finished fourth with 127 points and Houston was fifth with 154 points.
The top two runners for the Lady Cougars were Monica Reyna and Julie Perez. Reyna finished 22nd with a time of 22:58.91, while Perez finished the 6,000 meter course in 23:02.96 to finish 23rd.
Heather House was 32nd, while Jessica Oakes was 38th and Karina Quesada was 39th.