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Cross Country Recaps: September 16-17

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 09/18/2016
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Texas Invitational (University of Texas)
Prairie View A&M
Texas Southern

AUSTIN, Texas. – Aaron Austin (16:51.88) picked up a top-15 finish for Prairie View A&M during the Texas Invitational this past weekend.

Austin, who finished 15th, was the top finish among all SWAC male athletes, and teammate Levante Williams was right behind him with a time of 16:52.25 during the men's 5K. For Texas Southern, Xavier Martinez was 17th overall with a finish of 16:53.08.

On the women’s side, Texas Southern's Marlyn Campa (12:08.89) was the SWAC's best in the 3K. She and TXSO's Mariah Stewart (12:17.91) both collected top 25 results. Prairie View's best finish came via JoAnna Benavidez (12:24.03).
Commodore Classic (Vanderbilt)
Alabama State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Alabama State went up against some of the SEC's best during the Commodore Classic at Vanderbilt.

Gregory Thigpen led the Hornets in the men's 8K, coming in at a shade over 28 minutes (28:00.9). Tyree Newton (28:18.9) and Joshua Coffelt (28:53.2) both came in under the 29-minute mark as well.

Tatiana Etienne led the Lady Hornets in the women's 5K, finishing at 19:35.2. Arion Span also came in under the 20-minute mark (19:47.2).

LSU XC Invitational (LSU)
Alcorn State
Men’s Results | Women’s Results

BATON ROUGE, La. – Alcorn State and Southern took on some of the top schools in Louisiana during the LSU Invitational.

Keshaun Javois of Southern posted the best finish of all SWAC men's runners, coming in at 17:47.95 in the 5K, and teammate Walter Mixon (18:06.48) wasn't far behind. Alcorn State's Tyreq Miles led all Braves runners with a finish of 18:39.87, and Qaseem Wajd crossed the end line next for ALCN (18:53.98).

On the women's side, Angelica Jacobs of Alcorn State posted a time of 21:17.55 to lead all conference runners in the 5K. Southern freshman Janae Simoneaux was close on her heels with a mark of 21:19.3, and Latona Turner also ran well for the Jaguars (22:11.46).

The Mook Triple-Duals (Louisiana Tech University)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Grambling State
Jackson State
Men's Results | Women's Results

RUSTON, La. – Grambling State's men landed three top-10 finishes during the Mook Triple-Duals at Louisiana Tech.

Aaron Koech continued to impress in his maiden season with Grambling, finishing second in the 4-mile run (20:58. Hassan Chepkwony (21:24) was seventh, and Noah Rugut came in ninth (22:07). Grambling's Halima Chepkwony finished fifth in the women's 3-mile run (20:19), and Tichina Lewis (21:54) took 14th overall.

Also in men's competition, Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Wade Garner finished 11th (22:16), and James Curtis was Jackson State's top finisher at 23:26 to earn 19th place.

On the women's side, Jackson State had two top-10 finishers in Stherline Silencieux (7th; 20:32) and Akeilia Knight (9th; 20:55). Jada Gammage (23:06) and Sharoya Simmons (23:08) both netted top 25 results for UAPB as well.


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