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Southwest Conference (U.S.). Southwest Conference Cross Country Championships - Page 2. October 31, 1988. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1170/show/1160.

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Title Southwest Conference Cross Country Championships
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Date October 31, 1988
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  • Cross-country running
  • College sports
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Transcript PREVIEWING THE MEN'S RACE The 69th annual men's Southwest Conference cross country championships promise to be as exciting as ever with two teams ranked in the NCAA top 20 and two others receiving enough respect to receive votes in the poll. The NCAA top 20 poll on October 18 finds pre-meet favorite Arkansas in a very familiar position - - among the nation's elite in men's cross country. The Razorbacks are ranked No. 2 in the nation and are defending Southwest Conference and NCAA cross country champions. Coach John McDonnell's Hogs received one first-place vote in the poll and accumulated 323 points, just 16 behind top-ranked Wisconsin. The Longhorns of the University of Texas are ranked No. 8 in the nation with 204 points. Not making the top 20 but also receiving points in the poll were SWC meet host Houston and Rice. No team has dominated the post-1950 SWC Championships the way that the Arkansas Razorbacks have. The Hogs will be looking for their 15th straight SWC title. Texas in 1973 was the last team other than Arkansas to capture the SWC's men's cross country title. Texas did own a longer streak during the 1930s and 1940s, as the Longhorns claimed the SWC men's title 17 straight times from 1931 through 1947, sharing the title with Texas A&M in 1933. Arkansas is 4-0 in 1988 and owns an 18-meet winning streak dating back to the 1985 NCAA Championships in Milwaukee, Wis., when the Hogs finished second. Arkansas has not lost a regular-season cross country meet since a season-opening setback to Oklahoma State in 1984. That is also the Hog's only regular-season loss since 1976. The Razorbacks return four of their top five finshers in last year's SWC Championships. Those five runners all finished in the top 11 in the race. Junior Ruben Reina and senior Chris Zinn have led the Hogs this season and are looking to do so again in the 1988 SWC Championships. Richard Cooper and Alex Hallock add experience and depth to the squad, who could very well place all five runners in top finishes. "We're not as good as we were last year," said Arkansas head coach John McDonnell. "You can't lose a (Joe) Falcon, (Matt) Taylor and (Doug) Consiglio and expect to be good. Chris Zinn and Reuben Reina are much improved over last year and Richard Cooper is running good. But, Texas also is a much improved team from last year. "Last year Rice ran a great meet to finish second. But, this year I really don't see anybody but Texas and us for the team title." The team most likely to challenge the Hogs for the title is Texas. The Longhorns feature two runners who have consistently placed high all season long. Texas' Harry Green is the defending SWC individual champion. He and teammate Jeff Cannada have alternated victories all season long and appear to have the inside track for individual honors. "It's going to be tough," said McDonnell. "Texas ran really well at Iowa State (site of the 1988 NCAA Championships). It was a very tough field and they finished fifth with 188 points. The winners only had 86, so Texas was very close. They will be tough to beat." Houston and Rice are the two squads that could battle the Hogs and Horns for a high finish. Houston has a host of senior leadership and experience. The Cougars are led by Pat Picciano, who has had a strong fall and could contend for high individual honors. Jim Thorpe, Jeff Davis, Matt Fontaine and Monico Rivas have also ran well this season and could lead the Coogs to a high team finish. "Our squad is running well as a team," said Houston head coach Howie Ryan. "Pat Picciano is running very strong. And so are our second through fifth guys. I hope that we can compete strong with Texas and Arkansas and maybe pull off an upset. We will have to have a great team race, though." Rice is led by seniors Sean Wade and Lance Benedict. Wade led the Owls throughout much of the fall season, while Benedict ran well in the Texas A&M Invitational on October 20. If the Owls can get good production from their next three runners, they could surprise a few people. SMU, with Tim Gargiulo as an individual favorite, Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech all have good chances of high individual finishes. Any runner could break-up the lead pack and make the team title a very interesting race.