Roadrunners successfully defend UTSA Ricardo Romo Classic crown
SAN ANTONIO — Junior Alyssa Diaz won for the second consecutive week and the Roadrunners women's cross country team successfully defended its UTSA Ricardo Romo Classic title on Friday night.
Diaz, the reigning Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week, covered the soggy 5,000-meter trail in 18:04 and she easily defeated Texas-Pan American's Judith Chumba by more than 18 seconds.
Classmate Samantha Fish clocked a 18:34.9 en route to her third top-three finish in as many races this fall, while freshman Emily Perez crossed the line fourth in 18:47.3. Sophomore Carly Kitts (19:10.4) and junior Nina Herrera (19:15.3) rounded out UTSA's scorers with their sixth- and eighth-place performances, respectively.
The Roadrunners netted 19 points on their way to their second team championship in the last two weeks. Texas-Pan American (67), Concordia Texas (122), Texas-Permain Basin (130) and Texas Lutheran (138) rounded out the top five.
UTSA will be back in action in two weeks when it travels to Austin for the Grass Routes Grand Prix.