Nov. 11, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Rice redshirt junior Marco Ruiz placed 20th overall to earn All-Region honors at Friday's NCAA South Central Regional to help lead the Owls to a seventh place finish overall in the 10 K race.
The seventh place finish was the highest for the Owls since they placed fifth in 2013. The Owls placed three runners in the top 50 overall, accumulating 224 total points. No. 6 Arkansas (40 points) won the title while Texas (RV) placed second overall with 81 points.
Ruiz, from Phoenix, Ariz. set a lifetime best mark of 31:05 with a 5:00 pace to earn his first career USTFCCCA All-Region honors.
Other Rice competitors who scored points included Imran Bell (48th-31:54), Adolfo Carvalho (52nd-32:02), William Roberts (61st-32:15) and Matt Calem (65th-32:22).
"Our guys ran a smart, controlled race, especially Marco," Rice men's cross country head coach Jon Warren said. "We went into the race ranked 15th in the region and came out seventh, just a tremendous showing by our guys. That's how you want to close a season. It was easily the best race we've had a as a team and individually by many of our runners. I thought we could beat North Texas at C-USA and we didn't but today we did and they're a really good team. For our group of guys to place seventh is amazing and I'm very proud of all of them."