Perez leads Roadrunners to fifth-place finish at NCAA South Central Regional
WACO — Emily Perez posted the best individual finish by a UTSA athlete in 17 years and her performance helped lead the Roadrunners to fifth place at Friday's NCAA South Central Regional.
The sophomore from Mission covered the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course 6,000-meter loop in 20:44.9 en route to 10th place and she missed a berth for the NCAA Championships by just two spots. It was the program's best individual showing at a regional meet since Stacey Poole finished third at the 1996 NCAA District VI Championships.
Her effort helped UTSA account for 154 points and place fifth for the second consecutive season. Arkansas won the team title with 33 points and SMU edged Texas A&M for the second NCAA Championships qualifying spot by winning the five-runner tiebreaker, 3-2. Both squads scored 116 points. Texas (132), which was led by individial winner Marielle Hall (19:40.7), was the other team that placed ahead of the Conference USA Champion Roadrunners.
The senior quartet of Alyssa Diaz (27th/21:24.9), Nina Herrera (31st/21:28.4), Samantha Fish (42nd/21:54.3) and Isabel Balbontin (44th/21:56.8) rounded out UTSA's scoring contingent.