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Despite her recent recognition as Big 12 Runner of the Week and an academic All-American honor, senior All-American Marielle Hall appreciates her awards as if they were her first. 

Hall, who recently added a pair of national honors to her resume following the Oct. 19 Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, still enjoys being recognized for her work. 

“My position is definitely one of privilege, so I try not to take any of those things for granted,” Hall said. “I’m really proud to be able to represent the team, the school, my family and myself the best I can.”

Looking at Hall’s results, it’s evident she’s represented her school well. 

Besides her awards this year, Hall has been well-decorated in her Texas career, winning the 2012 South Central Region Athlete of the Year award and making the Academic All-Big 12 team twice before her placement in 2013. 

Led by Hall and Megan Siebert, the Longhorns are looking to turn heads at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships, a 6,000-meter race hosted by Baylor. Hall and her teammates have built toward this meet all season, and they hope for a great performance. 

With her third place finish and  personal-best time of 19:46 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. Her coaches expect a great individual performance. 

“We have been led by Hall, who is coming off a nice race in Wisconsin,” cross country coach Brad Herbster said. “Marielle has the tools to be amazing at this meet, her confidence is high, and she is a wonderful student athlete. Texas has never had an individual champion in the Big 12, and we are hoping that [Hall] can be the first of many.” 

Hall shares her coach’s sentiment.

“I’m definitely expecting to do a lot better than I have done, time-wise and place-wise, so that’s something that I think my team’s expecting from me, and I’m expecting from myself,” Hall said. “So I’m excited to get in there, and see how much I’ve improved and compete.”

Texas goes up against returning rivals Iowa State and Oklahoma State, who shared the top three team slots with Texas the past two years, with Iowa State finishing in first place both years. The Texas women finished in second and third place in 2011 and 2012, respectively. 

Hall wants her senior season to end differently. She can’t control the outcome, but she’s confident in her teammates’ abilities and hopes to hoist her first Big 12 Championship trophy by the end of the weekend. 

No. 15 Texas returned to action after three weeks without a meet and traveled to Madison, Wis., to compete in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday.

The rust showed as Texas finished 18th overall in a field of 36.

Junior All-American Craig Lutz led the team with a 14th place finish in the 8000 meter run with a time of 23:36. Lutz was followed by Ryan Dohner who finished in 44th, Chris Galvin in 85th, Mark Pinales in 167th and Austin Roth
in 173rd.

Other Longhorn runners included Will Nation, Brady Turnbull, Eduardo Rodriguez and Collin Smith.

Texas will return to action Nov. 2 at the Big 12 Championships in Waco.

Despite a strong, third-place finish from the senior All-American Marielle Hall, Texas placed 26th in the field of 37 with 629 points in the fifth-annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational this past weekend in Madison, Wis.

Hall, who beat out 285 other runners in the 6,000-meter race, set a personal-best time of 19:46. Senior Megan Siebert was the next best runner for Texas finishing 76th. 

After that, though, the Texas women didn’t finish strongly, with the remaining seven runners all finishing 158th or worse and five of those in the 200s. 

Arizona finished first and featured four runners in the top 25, while Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino finished first overall. 

The Longhorns enter the championships portion of their season following this weekend’s meet. The Big 12 Championships will be held Nov. 2 and the NCAA South Central Region meet will follow on Nov. 15, with both meets being hosted by Baylor in Waco. 

The Texas women’s cross country team ends its three-week hiatus this weekend, traveling to Madison, Wis., to compete against the nation’s best cross country programs in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. 

Saturday’s meet, starting at 11 a.m., is the team’s last regular season meet before the Big 12 Cross Country Championships, set to take place Nov. 2 in Waco. 

The women’s 6,000-meter race is a welcome challenge for the 29th-ranked Longhorns. This is the first time the women will run the five-year-old Wisconsin meet, held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. 

Texas will compete against 36 other teams, including 2012 champion Iowa State, and a trio of other programs who recently won the meet: Washington, Syracuse and Duke. There will be 17 of the 30 nationally-ranked teams competing. 

The relatively new meet has grown impressively in the five years Wisconsin has held it. Since the 2009 meet, which featured 12 women’s teams and 123 runners, the amount of competitors has more than doubled, totaling 48 teams and 327 runners in 2012.

Senior Megan Seibert, who finished in the top three in both of Texas’ last two races, will be a factor in the 6K.

The women’s team looks for a strong finish to hand them momentum before the Big 12 championships, where they previously finished third. 

After dropping from No. 6 to No. 22 in the rankings following the Louisville Classic two weeks ago, the Longhorns were looking for redemption, and they found it at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and the Concordia Invitational this past weekend.

Misfortune struck senior Kyle Merber (and a few other Longhorns) in his first race as he fell on the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational course. However, Merber still managed to finish 93rd overall and contribute to Texas’ fourth place finish out of a field of 45 teams.

“Falling down in the first 400m was definitely not part of the game plan,” Merber said. “But it’s cross-country, and sometimes the circumstances change and you have to adjust your goals for the race. While going down in the race hurt our finish as a team, it could have been much worse and we are lucky that no one sustained a more serious injury than bumps, bruises and some cuts.”

In the Concordia Invitational, Texas managed to keep the winning tradition alive for the third consecutive year against Texas State and Texas-Pan American. The Longhorns blew out Texas-Pan American, defeating them by 39 points, and slid past Texas State by a margin of five points.

Sophomore Craig Lutz returned to his familiar role, leading the Longhorns with a 12th place finish at Wisconsin. After leading the team last week, senior Rory Tunningley was the Longhorns’ number-two man this week, coming in 20th place with a personal record time of 23:46.

“We feel we are a better team than our finish indicates,” head coach John Hayes said of the drop in the rankings.