Texas State women's cross country wins Sun Belt championship

Texas State Cross Country

Texas State traveled to Boone, North Carolina on Friday to compete in the Sun Belt Conference Championship meet. For the first time in 23 years, Texas State women’s cross country finished atop the conference competition in first place.

“We are extremely proud of our women’s team and what they were able to accomplish today. They executed at a high level in tough conditions,” said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Jody Stewart in a post-meet press conference. 

The Bobcats recorded 53 points with junior Devina Schneider leading the way with a personal best time of 17:57.4. Finishing just behind in fifth place, was freshman McKynzie King. Schnieder and King are the first Texas State runners to earn first team all-conference honors since the university joined the Sun Belt.

Redshirt sophomore Kendra Long (18:00.3) and senior Nikki Sanchez (18:01.6) earned All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team honors after finishing eighth and 10th, respectively. Both runners recorded a personal best time. 

The men almost completed a sweep at the meet but came up just short to finish third for the second straight year. They totaled 75 point with four top-20 finishers. 

Redshirt junior Joseph Meade crossed the finish line first for the Bobcats in seventh place (25:27.3) while senior Logan Pittdman closed out the top-10 with a time 25:27.3. Both Meade and Pittdman were rewarded All-Sun Belt Conference second team. Following the strong outing, Texas State will now move on to the NCAA South Central Regional meet that will take place on Nov. 10 in College Station.

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