Oct. 18, 1997

Cross Country Women Second at A&M Invitational

Texas Tech men finish 11th at Saturday event

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas Tech University women's cross country team took second place at today's Texas A&M invitational at the TAMU Golf Course with 66 points. The Red Raider men's team finished 11th out of 16 teams at the meet.

The university women's 5K race saw Tech finish just four points behind first place Texas-Arlington, as every Red Raider recorded new season-best times. Leading the Red Raiders was Leigh Daniel, claiming third place with a time of 17 minutes, 23 seconds. Daniel has been Texas Tech's top finisher in all four meets she's competed in this season. Also crossing the line among the top 15 were junior Evette Turner, in fifth at 17:40, and sophomore Kristen Koppes in 11th at 17:51.

The university men's 8K race proved to be fast as well, with each of Texas Tech's five competitors also clocking new season-best times. Sophomore David Leigh paced the Red Raider pack, finishing in 26:43 for 39th. Freshman Scott Rackers was close behind with 26:53 for 46th, and junior Alex Aldaco crossed the line in 27:14. In team competition, Western Kentucky dominated the men's race with 73 points, followed by Texas A&M with 82 and McNeese State with 91 points. Nicholas Aliwell, from Western Kentucky, took the men's individual title with a time of 24:50. Sarah Salman, from McNeese State, claimed the women,s title in 17:01.

Texas Tech will have a week off to prepare for the 1997 Big 12 Championships, held November 1 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The meet, hosted by Oklahoma State University, will take place on the OSU Cross Country Course.

Women's Team Scores: Texas-Arlington 62, TEXAS TECH 66, Rice 92, McNeese State 145, Texas 145, Texas A&M 166, Houston 232, Texas-San Antonio 238, TCU 239, Southwest Texas 264, Mississippi State 270, Western Kentucky 280, North Texas 306, Sam Houston 312, Northeast Louisiana 322.
Red Raider Women's Finishers: Winner - Sarah Salman, McNeese State, 17:01; 3 - Leigh Daniel, 17:23; 5 - Evette Turner, 11 - Kristen Koppes, 17:51; 17 - Dawn Charlier, 18:12; 30 - Tara Hangge, 18:39; 51 - Keeli Hanzelka, 19:15; 58 - Courtney Nolen, 19:27; Lori Knowles, 19:28.
Men's Team Scores: Western Kentucky 73, Texas A&M 82, McNeese State 91, Houston 107, Rice 159, Texas-San Antonio 181, Northeast Louisiana 197, TCU 203, Texas-Pan American 242, Southwest Texas 249, TEXAS TECH 281, Texas B 286, North Texas 324, Texas-Arlington 363, Sam Houston 408, Prairie View A&M 431.
Red Raider Men's Finishers: Winner - Nicholas Aliwell, Western Kentucky, 24:50; 39 - David Leigh, 26:43; 46 - Scott Rackers, 26:53; 56 - Alex Aldaco, 27:14; 59 - Jason Winkle, 27:17; 81 - Jesse Williams, 28:0.

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