ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's cross country team won the American Southwest Conference Championship on Saturday with 42 total points with second place UT-Dallas finishing at 65 points.
Senior Sydney Tencate finished first overall with an outstanding 22:29 record time in the 6k. That time is 30 seconds better than the school record she set two weeks ago. It is also a new American Southwest Conference women's record in the 6k.
The Hardin-Simmons' women not only had the first overall in Tencate, but also had runners finish in eighth, ninth, tenth, and 14th place. Those runners were Madison Hemenway (23:59), Shelby Schmidt (24:16), Riley Stirm (24:24), and Lynda Farmer (24:51).
Tencate finished in the top-seven and was named first team all-ASC while Hemenway, Schmidt, Stirm, and Farmer were all named second team all-ASC finishing 8-14.
Yadira Loera ran a 25:09, Brittany Acosta finished in 25:31, and Rachel Clark had a time of 25:36. Yulissa Rios clocked a 25:45 and Leslie Gonzalez had a 27:27. Lauren Stokes ran a 27:37 and Briana Cruz finished in 29:24.
The championship effort by the Cowgirls on Saturday made it their second ASC Title in a row following last season. The HSU coaching staff of head coach Zach Leggett and assistant Derek Footer also made a repeat performance as the ASC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Those that qualify will continue the Cowgirls' season at the NCAA South/Southwest Regional on Nov. 9 in Memphis, Tenn. next weekend.
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