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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002


Cross Country runs for top of the conference

By Emily Davis
The Daily Cougar

Everything the UH cross country teams have worked for this season will come down to this weekendis Conference USA Championship meet in Hattiesburg, Miss.

"Every meet we compete in is just a means to get us to the championships," head coach Theresa Fuqua said.

The menis team will have senior experience backing their efforts this weekend. Michael Olague and Toartou Kargou have devoted four years to the Cougar team and look to capture at least a fifth-place finish in the C-USA championships.

"Our goal is a fifth-place finish," Olague said. "I am confident we will do better than that, but no one wants to overshoot a goal."

Also looking to boost UH in this weekendis meet will be junior Jason Banes and sophomore Carlos Rivas. Banes sat out of last weekis Houston Invitational run to rest up.

The womenis team will travel to Mississippi with a number of strong runners.

Junior Jessica Oakes and sophomore Kelly McCarty, both from Springfield, Ohio, look to bring their talents to the meet. McCarty finished sixth place individually in the Cowboy Jamboree in October.

Looking to add young endurance for UH will be freshman Autumn Tawater, who finished sixth in last weekis run. 

The championship meet will showcase 13 C-USA schools, with Southern Miss sitting out of the event. The womenis 6,000-meter race will begin at 9 a.m. on the Van Hook Golf Course in Hattiesburg. The menis 8,000-meter will take off at 9:45 a.m.

The women of Marquette took home the gold in last yearis meet, placing three runners in the top 10 finishing positions. UH placed fourth.

Tulane won the menis division, earning the lowest score 61 points with the Cougars finishing 10th.

Following this weekendis competition, the Cougars will set their sights on the NCAA Regional Championship on Nov.16 in Waco.

The top runners from the C-USA meet will earn bids to the regional run, with the top runners from that competition heading to the NCAA National Championship meet on Nov. 24 in Indiana.

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