Freshman Makes History

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Emily Koenig won the individual Southland Conference title in women’s cross country last fall, the first Maverick to do so in 15 years. She also became the first athlete in SLC women’s cross country history to be named Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the Year in the same season. Koenig completed the six-kilometer run in 21:30.30, eight seconds ahead of Stephen F. Austin sophomore Lauren Smith, leading the women’s team to a fourth-place finish. “It was one of the most incredible races that I’ve seen a freshman run,” coach John Sauerhage says. “No one has ever won a conference championship as a freshman here at UT Arlington.” A native of Temple, Koenig is the third Maverick runner and first since Frida Rosenberg in 1995 to win the individual medalist award at the SLC Cross Country Championships. She also was named to the 10-person SLC All-Conference team and finished 21st at the NCAA Cross Country Regionals in November. She was one of four SLC athletes to crack the top 25.

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