For the first time in 10 years, Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled to host the Lone Star Conference cross country championships.
The event is scheduled for Saturday at Blackwater Draw, beginning with the women’s six-kilometer race at 9:30 a.m. and the men’s 8K at 10:30 a.m.
It kicks off a big day for ENMU sports, with the Greyhounds hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Blackwater Draw in a Lone Star Conference football game.
ENMU’s men are the two-time defending LSC champions, while the ENMU women have placed fifth in each of the past two seasons.
Three LSC teams are ranked in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II national rankings. West Texas A&M’s men are No. 11 while Midwestern State and WT are 17th and 21st, respectively, on the women’s side.
Four men’s and four women’s teams are in the top 10 in South Central Region rankings — WT (fourth), Cameron (eighth), ENMU (ninth) and Tarleton State (10th) for the men, and MSU (fifth), WT (sixth,) ENMU (seventh) and TSU (eighth) for the women.
For the Hounds, junior Kaspars Briska hopes to build on his fourth-place finish in last year’s meet, hosted by Cameron at Lawton, Okla. ENMU’s Isaiah Samoei, now graduated, won the race, while runnerup Dylan Doss of West Texas A&M and third-place Ty Doty of Tarleton both return.
On the women’s side, senior Brittany Buchanan was the Zias’ top finisher last year, placing seventh. WT had the top three finishers, including Brenda Sinet, who returns after finishing third in 2012.
In the 2003 meet, at Portales Country Club, Abilene Christian won the 13th of 20 consecutive LSC men’s titles and the Wildcats also won the women’s championship.