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SMU cross country finishes third at AAC Championship

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(Courtesy of SMU Athletics)

The Mustangs headed to Tulsa, Okla. over the weekend in hopes of bringing back the fourth consecutive conference championship for SMU. The Mustangs fought hard until the bitter end, but finished in third at the American Athletic Conference Championship.

Leading the Mustangs was sophomore Agnes Sjöström who finished fourth for the second consecutive year with a time of 21:40. The junior duo, Shanoah Souza and Holly Archer, also earned all-conference honors for the second straight year.

Souza placed seventh with a time of 21:10 while Archer crossed the line ninth with a time of 21:18.

Also making SMU’s top five were junior Melanie Stemper and sophomore Julie Vanderhout. Stemper placed 24th with a time of 22:05 while Vanderhout finished 37th, setting a new personal 6K record with a time of 23:06.

Also competing for SMU were junior Claire Trotter and sophomore Margaret Brennan. Trotter finished 47th, setting a new personal best of 23:26 and Brennan placed 59th.

Tulsa took home the title followed by UCONN.

The Golden Hurricane breezed through as the second place Huskies finished 67 points behind them.

It was UCONN, who had the top two finishers, Emily Durgin and Lauren Sara, come in at first and second in the 6K race.

In a close race, Durgin paced the field coming in at 20:29 and while Sara finished in 20:32.

The defending AAC individual champion, Anne-Marie Blaney, of UCF finished third.

Not only did Tulsa take home the women’s title, but they swept the men’s title as well.

SMU will have next weekend off before returning to action for the South Central Regionals in Fayetteville, Ark., on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. CT.

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