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BIG 12 Champion Marielle Hall

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GOING THE DISTANCE: Senior Marielle Hall took home the individual title at the 2013 Big 12 Cross Country Championships. Her first-place finish was the first ever for a Longhorn at the conference meet on both the men’s and women’s sides. Hall won the 6,000-meter women’s race with a career-best time of 19 minutes, 38.3 seconds — more than 10 seconds ahead of all other competitors. In her career, Hall owns three of the seven top-10 finishes recorded by Texas women at the Big 12 meet and is also the only runner on the women’s side to record multiple top-10 results at the meet. “Texas is all about history and tradition, so to be able to contribute to that is such an honor,” she said. Hall led the Longhorn women to a fourth-place finish in the team standings. The Texas men finished third in the team standings with 80 points, led by Ryan Dohner in fourth place and Craig Lutz in sixth.

After winning her second individual title in as many years at the NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional last week, Texas senior Marielle Hall earned her second straight South Central Region Athlete of the Year honor, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.

Hall completed the 6,000-meter course at Baylor on Nov. 15 in 19 minutes, 40.7 seconds, 24 seconds ahead of runner-up Dominique Scott of Arkansas, to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

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