Contributing Writer: Colleen Slattery
The University of Dallas men’s and women’s cross country teams had a hilly start to the season at their opening meet on Saturday, Sept. 1. The meet, held at the University of Dallas, was difficult. The home meet for the running Crusaders is traditionally known as the hardest due to the fact that it is the only one that includes multiple hills, an anomaly when running in Texas.
Overall, the women’s team received second place out of a field of six teams, while the men came in fourth out of seven. Mary Jones, a junior, led the women in the 6k race, placing eighth overall, with freshman Elizabeth Hinchley coming in close behind in 10th. On the men’s side, freshman Javier Secaira was the lead runner for the team, placing 15th overall in the 8k race, followed by senior Clinton Heyer, who ran a strong race to place 22nd overall. The teams competing in the meet were Texas Wesleyan University, Arlington Baptist College, Southwestern University, University of the Ozarks, East Texas Baptist University, and University of Texas at Tyler.
A mere six days later, the cross country teams were again racing; this time travelling to the Twilight Invitational at UT Tyler. Despite the evening heat and humidity, the women were able to claim second place out a field of nine teams, losing to UT Tyler by a mere point. The-top-10-finishers for the race were: Jones in third, Hinchley in fifth, and sophomore Colleen Slattery in 10th. The men raced to another fourth place team finish out of a total eight teams, with freshman Ryan McAnany leading the Crusaders in ninth place individually.
Coach Matt Buchhorn is optimistic about the future of the cross country teams. With two second place trophies in two weeks, he is sure that a first place trophy is on the way.