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Roadrunners just miss Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 10/27/2012
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RUSTON, La. — It was the closest finish in league history, but UTSA came up just short, as Idaho edged the Roadrunners by only three points at Saturday's Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships.

The Vandals, led by individual winner Hannah Kiser (17:15.03), scored 48 points en route to their third consecutive team title. The previous record for smallest winning margin was seven in 2006 when Utah State defeated Nevada.

UTSA, which netted 51 points, was led by junior Alyssa Diaz for the fifth consecutive meet. The Hereford native placed third after covering the Lincoln Parish Park 5,000-meter course in 17:28.57.

Classmate Nina Herrera joined her teammate as a first-team All-WAC honoree following her seventh-place performance (17:45.19).

Meanwhile, freshman Emily Perez and junior Samantha Fish both earned second-team all-league laurels. Perez crossed the line 11th in 18:04.15 and Fish was 13th in 18:05.48.

UTSA's other scorer was sophomore Carly Kitts, who placed 17th (18:18.41).

It marked the second straight season that the Roadrunners just missed a conference title. UTSA was only five points behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in its final Southland Conference Championships appearance a year ago.

The Roadrunners will return to action on Friday, Nov. 9, at the NCAA South Central Regional in Fayetteville, Ark.

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