ABILENE — The UT Tyler Patriots, led by two-time champion Nick Huff of Holly Lake Ranch and Harmony High School, won the 2013 American Southwest Conference Cross Country championship on Saturday Sherrod Park.
It was the eighth ASC crown for the Patriots and second straight for Huff, a Harmony High School graduate.
The Patriots won with 22 points, followed by LeTourneau (82) and UT Dallas (116). The meet was hosted by Hardin-Simmons University
Huff won the title by running to a time 26 minutes and 43.73 seconds, beating the runner-up Ryan Holt of Ozarks by six seconds to take the individual title. Huff was named first team All-ASC for the second-straight year.
Conner Benson finished in third place with a time of 27:13.41, while teammate Jason Hamilton was fifth with a clocking of 27:23.20. Both runners were named first team All-ASC.
Ford Noack (27:24.24) and Derek Blain (27:44.38) were both named first team All-ASC after finishing in sixth and seventh, respectively.
Brady Adger placed 10th place (28:31.25) while senior Cesar Rodriguez finished in 28:45.96, each garnering second team All-ASC honors.
Head coach Bob Hepler was named the ASC Male Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career.
The men will now prepare for the 2013 NCAA Regional Meet which takes place next weekend at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.
Patriots capture second ASC women’s CC championship
ABILENE — The UT Tyler women’s cross country team finished first at the 2013 American Southwest Conference championship on Saturday, the second championship in program history.
Junior Carly Kitts took the top spot to win the title at Sherrod Park. The meet was hosted by Hardin-Simmons University.
Kitts, a junior from Midlothian, finished the race in 23 minutes 29.20 seconds, the only time in under 24 minutes. The newcomer also won the ASC Newcomer of the Year award.
The Patriots won the team title with 29 points, followed by Concordia-Texas (56) and UT Dallas (106).
Sophomore Brittany Brunson finished in sixth-place overall in a time of 25:22.27, while Missy Hebert was seventh (25:30.17). Both Brunson and Hebert were named first team All-ASC.
Bethany Cox (26:00.98) and Holly Nohavitza (26:16.38) were ninth and 10th place respectively, helping to clinch the overall team title while also being named second team-All ASC.
Lauren Halliday, Christian Rowlands and Paige Maly also had strong races, finishing in the top 15, garnering second team All-ASC honors.
Head coach Grant Spencer was named the ASC Women’s Coach of the Year, winning the award for the first time.
The Patriots’ other conference title was in 2009.
UT Tyler will now prepare for the NCAA regional meet, which takes place next weekend at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.