Cross Country continues their season at McNeese (Men and Women both win)

The Lake Charles Toyota Stampede will begin with the women’s 5,000-meter race at 8:30 a.m. and be immediately followed by the four-mile race at 9 a.m.

Houston returns to action for its second meet of the season after a two-week layoff. Last time the Cougars competed, the team posted a combined six top-10 finishes as the women’s squad secured a team title at the Rice Invitational.

The Houston Women are currently are sitting at No. 4 in the South Central Region for the second straight week. Meredith Sorenson, Jahnavi Schneider, Darby Gauntt and Regan Lobodzinski will hit the course this week and look to replicate their top-10 finishes from their last outing.

On the men’s side Devin Vallejo-Bannister and Jemal Wote look to have continued success after finishing among the top-10 at Rice.

Entering the competition sitting at No. 4 in the South Central region and two weeks removed from a team title at the Rice Invitational, the women’s squad posted five top-15 finishes to clinch its second team title of the season.

Freshman miler Darby Gauntt led the squad with a fourth-place finish after clocking a time of 18:01.6. This marks Gauntt’s second top-10 finish of the season and second of her career. Meredith Sorensen secured a sixth-place finish with a time of 18.18.3 for her second top-10 finish of the season, followed by Jahnavi Schneider in seventh-place at 18:29.0. Madeline Castleberry notched her highest finish of the season with a time of 19:02.0 for 13th-place and was trailed by sophomore Regan Lobodzinski in 14th-place at 19:04.4 to round out the top-15 for the Cougars.

On the men’s side, Houston accumulated five top-15 finishes led by Jemal Wote who crossed the finish line at 20:07.4 for fourth-place. Veteran mile G.J. Reyna closed out the race in eighth-place with a time of 20:24.4, followed by Devin Vallejo-Bannister in ninth-place at 20:27.3. Gabriel Armijo clocked a time of 20:35.0 for 12th-place and was trailed by Alan Elbanna in 13th-place with a time of 20:39.3 to round out the top-15 for the Cougars.