SAN ANTONIO — The UTSA cross country teams battled a combination of rain and wind on Friday night and the Roadrunners raced to a pair of third-place finishes at the Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic.
Leading the way for the men was junior Albert Cardenas, who recorded a fifth-place showing, and the Converse native covered the Brooks City-Base 5,000-meter trail in 15:04. Junior Brandon Chiuminetta was three spots behind with his 15:21 clocking, while fellow third-year performer and defending champion Cole Reveal placed 12th in 15:25.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the men's team title with 25 points. Texas-Pan American scored 50 en route to a runner-up performance and the Roadrunners netted 66.
Shadrack Songok (unattached) won the men's individual crown in 14:39 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Patrick Kemeli placed second in 14:52 as the top collegian.
"It was a tough race because of the weather and I was proud of the guys dealing with it, but tonight showed we have a long ways to go," men's head coach Scott Slade said. "This group will learn from tonight and I'm confident we will be a much better team in the future."
Freshman Samantha Fish, meanwhile, was UTSA's top women's performer, as she registered an 18:43, which was good for 16th place. Fellow frosh Alyssa Diaz was nine spots back in 25th (19:04), while Isabel Balbontin, also in her first season, placed 29th in 19:25.
Texas easily won the women's team championship with 15 points, as the top five spots were filled with Longhorns (seven of top 10 overall). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was second (67) and the Roadrunners were third with their 131 points.
Texas' Mia Behm won the women's individual title in 17:10. Three-time defending champion and former Roadrunner Dan Mecke, who ran unattached, finished eighth in 17:56.
"We're a very young team and our freshmen learned a lot from tonight's race," women's head coach Virginia Coindreau said. "Our first through fifth runners were separated by just a minute, so they're doing a good job of running in the pack. I'm looking forward to seeing this group improve as the season progresses."
UTSA will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Islanders Splash in Corpus Christi.