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TLU Women's Cross Country fifth, Men's Cross Country sixth at University of Texas Invitational

Christopher Torres
Christopher Torres
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Texas Lutheran Women's and Men's Cross Country teams competed Friday at the University of Texas Invitational Cross Country Meet.
 
At Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, the TLU Women posted a fifth-place team finish. The Bulldogs turned in a score of 124, just two points behind fourth-place Concordia Texas.
 
Texas won the meet with a perfect score of 15. The Longhorns were followed by Trinity, Prairie View A&M, Concordia Texas, TLU, and Texas Southern.
 
In the men's team standings, the Bulldogs took sixth place, scoring 173 points.
 
Texas won the men's team title with a perfect score of 15. UT was followed by St. Edward's, Trinity, Prairie View A&M, Concordia and TLU.
 
"It's always exciting to compete against teams like UT, which is a cool experience, but at the same time we have a lot of work to do in both programs," said Darlene Holland, TLU's head coach for men's and women's cross country. "Both teams have a lot of work ahead of them, but we know what we're working for. We will work and continue to improve and get better every week."
 
"This week we have Our Lady of The Lake which is less stressful, and we'll work a lot better. The women will compete on the 6k course and the men will run the 8k course."
 
At the Texas Invitational, Kylee Garcia led the TLU Women with a finish of 26th overall. She covered the 5K course in 20 minutes, 48.65 seconds.
 
Mackenzie Payne (38th), Gabrielle Gonzales (46th), Jackie Garcia (52nd), Ashley Rynard (53rd), and Julia Maciel (54th) completed the Bulldogs' lineup.
 
Juan Moreno led the TLU Men with a finish of 42nd. He crossed the line in 18:52.74.
 
Moreno was followed by Hector Hornedo (48th), Israel Olivarez (56th), Christopher Torres (57th), and Koby Green (59th).

Both Bulldog squads compete this Saturday at the Our Lady of the Lake Saints Collegiate Cross Country Invitational. The meet is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start at Windcrest Golf Club in San Antonio.