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Roadrunners finish second at Southland Conference Championships

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 10/27/2012
Courtesy UTSA Athletics
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NACOGDOCHES — Bolstered by top-10 finishes by sophomores Nina Herrera and Alyssa Diaz, UTSA raced to its best showing in 12 years at Monday's Southland Conference Championships.

Herrera placed seventh and was the Roadrunners' top finisher for the seventh consecutive meet after covering the Piney Wood Country Club 6,000-meter trail in 21:54.2. Meanwhile, Diaz was two spots back of her fellow second-year teammate after clocking a 21:56.3. Both earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top 10. Stephen F. Austin's Lauren Smith won the individual crown in 20:57.3.

Sophomore Samantha Fish (22:09.7) and freshman Carly Kitts (22:11.4) finished 15th and 16th, respectively, while sophomore Jessica Bitterly (22:28.8) rounded out the team's scorers with her 23rd-place performance.

UTSA, which amassed 70 points, just missed its first league title since 1996 after finishing five tallies behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. However, it was the program's best performance since finishing second in 1999.

"I couldn't be more proud of how the girls performed today," Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Aaron Fox said. "To finish second for the first time since 1999 shows how hard they trained for this meet and the outstanding job that (cross country coach) Scott (Slade) has done this season. We are a young team that has grown up a lot the last two seasons and I look forward to seeing what they can do next year."

The Roadrunners will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 12, when they travel to Waco for the NCAA South Central Regional.

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