CEDAR CITY, Utah - Oct. 27 - The Southern Utah Cross Country program wraps up the regular season this weekend as the teams prepare to compete in the Summit League Championship, hosted by Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. This meet marks the last Summit League cross country championship the T-Birds will compete in before joining the Big Sky conference in 2012.
“I think going in in the top three on both sides is a testimony of how hard the athletes have worked this season,” head coach Eric Houle said. “We really just hope things work out the way we want them to and that we can continue to compete at the next level after conference.”
Cameron Levins returns to the Summit League arena after racing to a first-place finish at every meet he competed in this season and earning four Athlete of the Week awards. Levins has already earned the conference title once, adding Championship MVP and Athlete of the Year to his athletic resumé in 2009.
Nate Jewkes will also compete at conference after finishing second for the T-Birds in the last three meets, as well as Elijah Rono, Devan Antczak and Clinton Rhoton.
The women will be led by Diana Medina-Mitchell and Jamie Smith. Medina-Mitchell has led the women in the last four meets of the season and earned three Athlete of the Week awards. She also returns to the Summit League after a redshirt season, having finished second at the 2009 championship.
Smith led the women in the 2010 season, earning Championship MVP and Athlete of the Year with a first-place finish at the championship. She also finished second for the T-Birds at all five cross country meets this season. Madalyn Jones, Armarose Bailey and Ashley Gray will also compete at the championship after finishing in the Thunderbirds’ top five throughout most of the season.
After finishing the regular season with the Summit League, the T-Birds will take a two-week break from competition before traveling to the NCAA Mountain Regionals in Provo, Utah on Nov. 12.