The Javelinas will be heading to Commerce for the Lone Star Conference Cross County Championshps hosted by Texas A&M University- Commerce, Saturday, Oct. 22.
The cross country team concluded its regular season strong, finishing second in the UIW (University of the Incarnate Word) Invitational in San Antonio.
Since then, all eyes have been focused on this weekend’s conference meet.
“It was awesome finishing second in the last meet against some Division I schools.It gave us more confidence going into the conference meet knowing we can compete at the highest level, what also helped us is the week off,” said Javelina women’s athlete Chelsea Gonzalez.
The championships will consist of an eight-kilometer race for the men starting at 9:30 a.m. and a six-kilometer race starting at 10:30 a.m. for the women.
The week off for the Javelinas has given them time to recuperate from the regular season. Some of the runners have been fatigued and needed extra treatment for them to get healthy. As far as the competition that the Hoggies will be facing at the LSC Championships, the competition will be tough all across the board.
West Texas A&M runner Geoffrey Kipchumba is coming off of one of his best runs this year as he beat a handful of All-Americans during the FHSU Tiger open where he ran an 8,000-meter course in a school record time of 23:50.9.
Tarelton State University women’s runner Katelin Huckabee has the fastest time in the Lone Star Conference in the six-kilometer races with a time of 23:16.6.
Although these times are hard to compare to the likes of the Javelinas on paper, the Hoggies feel like they can finish in the top four.
“When you wake up every morning at 5:30 to run and workout we feel like we’re the only team doing that and nobody in the conference is working as hard as us.’’ Said Shane Stehle on the preperation for this week.
Names to watch in Javelina Nation for both teams include Jose Ventura IV for the men’s team, fresh off his best time in the UIW invitational in the 8K (24:32) and Jade Guerrero for the women’s team in the 6K (23:26).
The Hogs will look to bring home some hardware, as well as make a mark in the LSC.