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WXC: Young Owls Show Promising Results

Rice places second overall in season-opener

HOUSTON - The Rice Owls women's cross country showed off their potential for the 2018 season with a second place finish at the 12-team, 43rd annual Norry Hersey Rice Invitational Friday evening at the Rice Intramural Fields. 

The Owls placed four runners in the top 10, led by a third place finish from sophomore Lourdes Vivas de Lorenzi (14:07). Finishing right behind her was junior Khayla Patel (4th-14:10) and freshman Ryann Helmers (5th-14:14). Freshman Ashley Messineo (7th-14:22) also placed in the top 10 in her collegiate debut.  

"I was exceedingly happy with our performances today," Rice women's cross country head coach Jim Bevan said. "This was my first time seeing the freshmen run. Ryan Helmers put her neck out and was running with the leaders for most of the race and has a great future. Ashley Messineo closed like crazy and Alyssa Balandran (unattached) is a big-time racer that will only get better. And then Caitlin Wosika is going to race this year, she's going to be a great runner. It's the best cross country race Lourdes and Khayla have had. The whole team is a lot better than they were last year. For a first meet I'm extremely happy because this is the youngest team we've had at Rice since 1991. I think they've got a bright future and we're looking forward to the rest of the year."

Rice will next be in action on Sept. 22 when they travel to College Station, Texas to compete at the Texas A&M Invitational. 

Rice Women's Cross Country Results (4K)
Place Runner
3. Lourdes Vivas de Lorenzi - 14:07
4. Khayla Patel - 14:10
5. Ryann Helmers - 14:14
7. Ashley Messineo - 14:22
22. Alyssa Balandran - 15:13
24. Mary Claire Neal - 15:14
30. Natalie Goddard - 15:31
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