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Smith Leads Cross Country to Fourth at UIW

San Antonio – Jesse Smith finished eighth overall in a time of 20:55 to lead St. Mary’s University to a fourth place finish as a team at the University of the Incarnate Word Relays, Saturday morning at Live Oak City Park.

Smith (Sr., Boerne) covered the five-kilometer course in a time of 20:55, her second best five-kilometer time as a Rattler. Emily Loeffler of Trinity University took top honors, edging out teammate Liz Eder, with both athletes finishing with a time of 19:46. Amy Crissman (Jr., San Antonio) finished 11th overall with a time of 21:46, Melissa Recio (Sr., Laredo) was 27th in 24:15, Katrina White (So., San Antonio) was 37th in 25:50 and Amanda Benavides (Sr., San Antonio) was 42nd in 28:25.

In the team standings Trinity won the title, taking the top four individual spots on their way to a 23-point showing. Host University of the Incarnate Word was second with 53 points, St. Edward’s University was third with 120 points, St. Mary’s was fourth with 123 points and Southwestern University was fifth with 132.

The Rattlers will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 6, when they travel to San Marcos to compete in the Texas State Invitational at 8:30 a.m.

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