Women’s Cross Country Dashes Past Foes for First Conference Title
UT Dallas' New Head Coach Named ASC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year

UT Dallas Women's Cross Country

Members of the women's cross country team are (from left) Lillian Hannigan, Rebekah Rodriguez, Megan Lutchman, Sam Hartke, Lindsey Rayborn, Mallory Bing, Hollee Ratliff, Sara Hartke, Samantha Tschirhart, Lisa Bagen, Mercedes Molina and Gina Fossati.

Lindsey Rayborn

Lindsey Rayborn

The UT Dallas women's cross country team collected its first American Southwest Conference Championship on Saturday, with runners placing first and second at the league's meet held on the Balcones-Spicewood Cross Country Course hosted by Concordia Texas.

Junior Lindsey Rayborn won the 6-kilometer race in a personal-best time of 22:59. She is the first Comet, male or female, to win the ASC individual title. Freshman Hollee Ratliff finished 1 second behind Rayborn, earning ASC Freshman of the Year honors. Junior Samantha Tschirhart placed eighth with a time of 24:07.

The Comets outdistanced second place McMurry by 28 points. Three-time defending champion UT Tyler placed third. Rayborn and Ratliff were each honored as first team All-ASC. Tschirhart and senior Mallory Bing earned second team honors. Bing finished in 12th place with a time of 24:46. Sara Hartke finished in 18th place at 25:18, while her sister Sam Hartke was 20th at 25:35.

First-year head coach Rayn House was named the ASC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Next up for the Comets is the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Meet, hosted by Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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