Both the women's and men's cross country teams participated in the 2009 SWAC Cross Country Championships held at Highland Road Community Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In the women's race, the Devilettes finished seventh overall, but got a strong showing from Irene Cherubret. MVSU's top runner in a couple of events this season ran strong and finished 14th in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 20:37.51.
Teammates Candace Lee & Jodian Burke also finished in the top 50 with marks of 22:59.19 (40th) and 23:01.09 (41st) respectively.Rounding out the meet for MVSU were Anita Cain (23:44.50 - 53rd), Angel Williams (24:56.23 - 57th) and Ariel Hillard (25:41.42 - 61st).
In the men's race, the Delta Devils came in second place with five runners placing in the top 20 and two more in the top 25.Victor Bii was the top finisher for Mississippi Valley State with a time of 26:20.87 (7th place) in the 8,000-meter race. Roberto Hernandez finished two places behind with a ninth-place time of 26:26.04.
Jose Lopez and Chepkwony Hezron were the third and fourth finishers for the MVSU men with times of 26:37.72 (11th) and 26:40.98 (12th) respectively. In 16th place was Victor Kiplagat with a time of 27:00.99. Rounding out the list for MVSU were Myron Lott (27:42.34 - 23rd) and David Pulliam (27:47.27 - 24th).
Bii and Hernandez were named second-team all-conference for their efforts in the race.