Cross Country Set For Conference USA Championship

Junior Julie Reinwald

Oct. 28, 2012

MOSELLE, Miss.- The University of Houston men's and women's cross country teams are set to compete in the Conference USA Championship on Monday at the Pine Belt National Golf Course. The women are slated to run a 5K at 9 a.m., followed by the men competing on an 8K course at 10 a.m.

"We've finally got everyone over the sickness that struck us at the Chile Pepper Running Festival in Arkansas," Assistant Coach Steve Magness said. "We are excited to be going into the Conference Championship healthy. I am really expecting Yonas Tesfai to battle for a Top-5 spot. As a team, we are looking to compete for the third or fourth spot. For the women, we are looking to continue to improve with Kathryn Ducommun and Taylor Beer leading the way. Our women's team has come a long way since the beginning of the season, so we are really looking to surprise some teams."

The Top-21 finishers earn All-Conference honors. First through seventh place are on the first team, eighth through 14th are second, and the third team is comprised of the 15th-21st place.

Last season, the Cougar men finished third, while the women took home eighth-place.

Despite being under the weather at the Chile Pepper Running Festival, sophomore Yonas Tesfai finished the 10K in the lead spot for the Cougars for the third time this season, with a time of 31:33.7. Tesfai would take home 25th out of 313 runners at the Festival.

Sophomore Anthony Coleman and freshman Nathan Pineda logged in 16 second apart, as they finished 93rd and 114th, respectively.

On the women's side, senior Kathryn Ducommun crossed the line first for Houston. Ducommun recorded a time of 22:52.2 in the 6K, to finished 85th out of 340. Next in line was sophomore Taylor Beer, who clocked a time of 23:34.9 to take home 132nd place.



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The Cougars will travel back to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Nov. 9.

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