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The University of Dallas cross country team hosts its annual invitational this Saturday, October 14th. The women's race begins at 9 a.m. and the men's race will start shortly after at 9:45. Both distances are a 5k.
There will be nine programs running on Saturday morning. Besides Dallas, the other squads include: Austin College, Sul Ross State University, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Wiley College, Paul Quinn College, Texas College, and St. Edwards University. Austin College is the only other Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) team, while five teams altogether are affiliated with NCAA Division III.
The Crusaders competed last Saturday in the University of the Ozarks Invitational. The previous two races for UD have been 8ks on the men's side. The lone 5k race for the guys was September 8th at the Hardin-Simmons University Invitational. The women's team also competed at that meet, and had a 5k at last Saturday's race where UD claimed 3rd overall.
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On the women's team, Angela Moore (Austin, Texas) looks to be back in full health for the first time this season. The senior made her season debut at Ozarks Invitational, but was only pacing through the course. In 2016, Moore took ninth with a 20:12.6. Ana Wilhelm is the other returner on the girl's side that ran. She notched a 24:18.2 time. Caroline Schemel (Greencastle, Pa.) was studying in Rome last year, but ran a 21:13.4 in her first campaign in 2015.
-Emma Kate Callahan (Overland Park, Kan.) ran the fastest time for the Crusaders in her collegiate debut at the UT Tyler-King Campbell Spectacular. That was a 2 mile where she took 2nd with a 13:08. However, Callahan had not raced until last weekend and plans to run her first 5k with Dallas.
- Clare Hernandez (Dade City, Fla.) boasts the quickest UD time in both 5ks this year. Her season-best 21:06 came at Hardin-Simmons.
- Alexandra Ralles (Tucson, Ariz.) finished two places behind Hernandez with a 22:08 result at Ozarks. Her PR for the distance was 21:53.7 at Hardin-Simmons.
- Catherine Thelen (Raleigh, N.C.) contributed a season-best 23:02 last Saturday and scored 20 points as the fourth fastest runner for the Crusaders.
- The team additionally had three other personal-best results as Mackenzie Tano (Wylie, Texas), who expects to play in a softball fall ball game immediately after, ran a PR (23:42) at Ozarks. Hannah Guth (Lake Charles, La.) and Wilhelm gained season-best totals.
Dallas will finish the season with the men's team running a pair of 8ks and women's team running a pair of 6ks. On October 28th, the Crusaders race in the SCAC Championship hosted by Texas Lutheran University. On November 10th, the team will run in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) for the third consecutive year.