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Courtesy: Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

Roadrunners finish fifth at Friday's NCAA South Central Regional

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 11/09/2012
Courtesy UTSA Athletics
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — UTSA wrapped up its season with a fifth-place finish on Friday at the NCAA South Central Regional. It was the Roadrunners' best showing since winning the 1996 NCAA District VI title and advancing to the national meet.

Juniors Nina Herrera and Alyssa Diaz both led the way by earning all-region honors.

Hererra circled the Agri Park 6,000-meter loop in 21:35.8, which was good for 18th place in the field of 134 runners. Meanwhile, Diaz crossed the line in 25th (21:52.8) and it marked the first time in six races that she did not pace the squad.

UTSA's other scorers included juniors Samantha Fish (40th/22:21.8) and Jessica Bitterly (54th/22:48.5) and freshman Emily Perez (56th/22:53.7).

The Roadrunners scored 187 points en route to their fifth-place showing.

Defending champion Arkansas successfully defended its crown with 44 points. Meanwhile, Texas, which was led by individual winner Marielle Hall (20:30.7), secured the region's other berth to next weekend's NCAA Championships with its runner-up finish (68).

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