Oct. 30, 2011
HOUSTON, Texas - It has been a season of steady improvement for the veterans and one that has seen many of the programs rookies make solid progress, but on Monday (October 31) the Tulane cross country program will look to make their biggest improvement of the season at the Conference USA Championships.
The championships will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the men's race (8K), followed by the women's competition at 10:00 a.m. Rice will act as the host institution for the event, which will be held at the Wildcat Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
The women's squad placed sixth in both 2006 and 2007, but has finished no better than ninth in any of the last three years. The Green Wave's best finish has been third, claiming that spot in 1996 and 2000.
Paige Callahan has paced the Olive and Blue in all five races during her true freshman season. The rookie set her personal best of 18:01.00 at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede, finishing seventh overall, and two weeks ago she covered the 5K course at the Crimson Classic in 18:29.34.
Katherine Crabtree has been the number two runner over the past two races, running 18:21 at McNeese and 18:54 at the Crimson Classic. Johanna Gretschel, Emmi Aguillard, Callie Turlington and Jessica Dallager have all had a hand in the scoring over the last three weeks. Aguillard (18:37.00), Crabtree (18:21.00) and Dallager (19:28.00) all set new personal bests at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede.
Senior Brian Lozes will look to help change that trend and will have to enlist the help of fellow seniors Mike Mainguy, Max Miller and Jordan Vance. Though the seniors would like to go out with a solid showing, they will need rookies Cody Gibbons, Mark Manion and Geoffrey Zelek to continue their development at the championships.
Lozes had led the team in each of the last three meets and ran a 26:40.27 over eight kilometers at the Crimson Classic two weeks ago. Miller has been a top-two finisher in three of the four meets this season, while Manion has been among the top-three in each of the last three meets.