CORPUS CHRISTI - Throughout the summer of 2012, GoIslanders.com will look back at the best moments and athletic performances from the 2011-12 school year.
Every Wednesday, we will bring you one of the top 10 individual performances, with Mondays bringing the year's top 10 moments. Be sure to keep tabs on GoIslanders.com throughout the summer to celebrate all the great moments.
Top Moment #1: Women's Cross Country Takes Fourth Title in Five Years
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's cross country team clinched its fourth title in five years at the Southland Conference Championships on Oct. 31, edging UTSA by five points in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the Piney Woods Country Club.
"The women went in with expectations that they were going to do well," head coach Shawn Flanagan said. "We have a winning tradition here and the women have lived up to it. The four seniors went out with rings and that's the way we like it to be. It sets a good tone for the girls coming up."
The women's team finished with 65 points and was led by senior Kristine Burciaga, who finished in second place with a time of 21:42.5. Senior Julia Sambu finished three spots behind in fifth place with a time of 21:53.3. Senior Sarah Kimaiyo was the third Islander to cross the line in 13th place with a time of 22:03.6. Junior BreAnna Briggs finished six spots behind Kimaiyo in 19th place with a time of 22:23.5 Senior Danielle Higgins recorded a 26th-place finish crossing the line with a time of 22:34.7 Junior Melissa Jones finished in 42nd place followed by freshmen Jennifer Ramirez and Shelby Polasek, who finished in 45th and 50th, respectively.
"We had a setback with Cecy Gonzalez being sick but Kristine, Julia and Sarah drove on through," Flanagan said. "Kristine had a tremendous race coming from a walk-on girl as a freshman and now finishing as the runner-up with a shot to compete at nationals."
The Islanders edged UTSA, who finished with 70 points, followed by Lamar (92 points) in third, Texas State (115 points) in fourth and UT Arlington (123 points) rounded out the top five. The five points that separated the Islanders and UTSA was the smallest winning margin at the SLC Championships, since the Islanders clinched their first title in 2007 over Lamar by four points.
The Islanders have won a total of eight titles as a team out of 11 conference meets. Before joining the Southland, the Islanders won four as a Division I independent conference.
June 13 - #10: Ryann White Leads the Field Through First Round of Rio Verde Invite
June 20 - #9: Terence Jones Scores Career-High 33 in Islanders Win Over Texas State
June 27 - #8: Myles and Taylor Light It Up Against NW State
July 4 - #7: Gonzales' Fireworks Lead Islanders to Win at UHV
July 11 - #6: Mia Matuszak Seals Deal Against Texas State
July 18 - #5: Greta Cecchetti Scores Big Against SFA
July 25 - #4: Micah Nolan Posts School-Record 39 Digs Against Nicholls
August 1 - #3: Daniel Minor Throws 14 Strikeout Shutout Against UTSA
August 8 - #2: Patrick Kimeli Wins Second-Straight Southland Cross Country Championship
August 15 - #1: Kassandrea Son Named Fourth Conference Athlete with Four Titles in One Event
June 18 - #10: Women's Basketball and Men's Basketball Sweep Turkey Tuesday Doubleheader
June 25 - #9: Krista Fenniak Knocks Home an Eagle from 110 yards at Southland Conference
July 2 - #8: Men's Tennis Wins Tight Match Over Cowboys in HEB Tournament
July 9 - #7: Softball Sweeps Doubleheader to Start Win Streak
July 16 - #6: Volleyball Makes Program History with Win over McNeese State
July 23 - #5: Dance Team Takes Title at ADTS Nationals
July 30 - #4: Hameed Ali Beats Buzzer to Clinch Road Game Over SHSU
August 6 - #3: Baseball Walks Off with Win Over Texas State
August 13 - #2: Women's Tennis Gets Over Hump to Sweep First SLC Tournament Match
August 20 - #1: Women's Cross Country Takes Fourth Title in Five Years