Freshman Jose Ventura
IV continued his hot start as a Javelina Friday evening, taking third place overall in the men’s eight kilometer with a 25:29 time against stiff Division I competition at
the Islander Splash at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Ventura ran a full one minute, 20 seconds faster than his first place finish in the eight kilometer at Our Lady of the Lake University last week.
“I knew there were going to be runners faster than me,” Ventura said. “Coach told me to hold back until the third mile, and that’s when the real race began.”
Shane Stehle finished 11th overall and fourth among non-Division I runners with a 27:28 time.
Josiah Patterson (27:52), Francisco Solis (27:53), Elias Madrid (28:54),Ricky Medra- no (29:04), Damien Feeney (29:33), and Hilario Garcia (30:44) rounded out the rest of the men’s team.
The women’s team only had three runners compet- ing; however, with Jade
Guerrero taking third place in non-Division I competi- tion and sixth overall on a 20:05 time.
Josie Guzman finished 11th in non-Division I with a 21:42 time and Mariah Noyola placed 18th with a 22:57 time.
“You want to get a start where you’re in your zone,” Coach Aared Sampson said of playing up to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders, a ranked team in the Division I South Central Region.
“And then you push
the pace and then you start pushing and pushing it and going after it”.
The Javelinas will spend the rest of September in Kingsville preparing them- selves for a big October.
They’ll start off com- peting against more tough Division I schools in the Chili Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas on Oct. 1.
Soon after, they will trav- el up to Ventura’s hometown of San Antonio the following week, to compete in the UIW Invitational.
Finally, they will close out the season at the Lone Star Conference meet in Com- merce, Texas on Oct. 22..