CROSS COUNTRY: Southern Utah's own Cameron Levins led the pack at the UC Riverside invitational, leading the team to victory with a first-place finish. The men's team took home the title with a score of 51, followed by UC Riverside (93) in second place. The women placed third with a score of 87, following close behind Loyola Marymount (65) and UC Santa Barbara (69) in first and second place, respectively.
"It really looks to be a good year for us," head coach Eric Houle said. "With the outrageous times we recorded today, it's obvious that both these teams are among the fastest we've ever had at SUU."
Cameron Levins led the team with a time of 22:58.7, finishing almost 57 seconds before the second-place runner. Levin's time also improves the previous Southern Utah top UCR course record of 23:48.6, set by himself in 2009, by about 50 seconds.
Clinton Rhoton finished next for the T-Birds, crossing the finish line in 10th place with a time of 24:19.5. He was followed immediately by Nate Jewkes (24:20.4) in 11th place and Austin West (24.20.5) in 12th. Rhoton, Jewkes and West have also earned places in SUU's course records, ranking third, fourth and fifth respectively. Elijah Rono rounded out the scoring members of the men's team with a 25th-place finish and time of 24:47.0, ranking eighth in the course records.
"Going in as fast as we did on both the men's and women's sides, I think we're going to be very effective at the conference, regional and even national levels," Coach Houle continued.
The women were led in the 6k by Diana Medina in third place with a time of 20:20.2. Jamie Smith followed close behind her in eighth place at 20:58.0. Madalyn Jones came next, finishing 26th with a time of 21:28.5. She was immediately followed by Armarose Bailey (21:29.2) and Ashley Gray (21:29.2) in 27th and 28th place respectively. This meet marks the first 6k the women's team has competed in at UC Riverside, which places all of the recorded times in the Southern Utah course record books.
The T-Birds will now take a two-week break from competition before traveling to Springfield Oregon for the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Oct. 1.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Megan Price claimed the BYU Invitational singles title for the BYU women's tennis team after a grueling three-set duel against teammate Morgan Anderson Saturday at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
"They both played really well," said BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. "It's hard to play your teammates, especially in the final. I think they both handled it really well and I'm really looking forward to this season."
Price, a senior, took the first set from the freshman Anderson 6-4 in the veteran-rookie showdown. Not deterred, Anderson battled her way to win a tiebreaker in the second, pushing Price to a third set. Price's experience shined as she regained confidence and sailed to a third-set victory, 6-3, earning her the singles title of Bracket A.
"I think it was a great match," Price said. "We both started a little nervous. She played amazing in the second set and it was really close but experience came through in the end. She's going to be fantastic for the team. She has a lot of energy and works super hard."
This is the fifth straight year BYU has won the BYU Invitational singles title.
In Bracket B, junior Aubrey Paul defeated Brittiny Moore of Weber State, 6-2, 6-2, propelling her into the Bracket B singles final. Paul made quick of her next opponent, Utah State's Monica Abella, dropping only four games between the two sets. The win earned Paul the Bracket B singles title.
The Cougars made a clean sweep of the Bracket A titles over the weekend, with the doubles title going to Paul and sophomore Desiree Tran Friday.
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