Colleen Slattery, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s and women’s cross country teams came full circle this past Saturday at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship meet held at UD. The first meet of the season was also held on campus. Whereas the meet held earlier in the year was excessively hot and humid, Saturday’s meet was brisk and chilly with temperatures in the upper 40s to 50s. The teams competing on Saturday were UD, Austin College, Colorado College, Trinity University, Centenary College of Louisiana and Southwestern University.
The men raced first in the early morning chill, looping around campus on the 8k course. Despite the hills, freshman Ryan McAnany ran to an 11th place finish overall with a time of 28:12, which gained him an all-conference title for the year. The next finisher for the men was freshman Javier Secaira with a time of 28:27, followed by sophomore Aaron French (30:58) and freshman Jack Grubner (31:35). Senior Clinton Heyer rounded out the top five University of Dallas runners with a time of 32:04. The men placed fourth in conference with an overall score of 118 points.
Next up were the women. By this time the sun had risen and the skies were blue and clear. Sophomore Clare Myers ran the race of her season and led the team, placing 19th overall with a time of 26:02 on the 6k course. The next best finisher for the team was junior Mary Jones in 22nd place (26:54). Senior Olivia Bach (27:14), freshman Elizabeth Hinchley (27:20), and sophomore Danielle Pajak (27:39) rounded out the women’s top five runners. The team finished fourth in conference.
The men and women’s teams left the competition on Saturday feeling that they had given their all on the tough course. For many, this was the end of the season, but the top seven runners on each team still have a race to run. In two weeks, the teams will be heading to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships in New York for one last race. Hopefully Saturday’s cold weather prepared them to race in a very different climate!