The TAMUK Cross Country team will travel to Denver, Colorado on Nov. 5 for the NCAA Regional meet.
The field of runners will include six women and five men from Kingsville, each of which has played a part in adding onto the team’s success all season long.
The Women participating include: Chelsea Gonzalez, Jade Guerrero, Josie Guzman, Kaitlyn Tharp, Mariah Nolan, and Victoria Jaime.
Amongst the men will be: Elias Madrid, Francisco Solis, Jose Ventura IV, Shane Stehle and Jasiah Patterson.
Assistant Coach Aared Sampson said that attending the regional meet will be the first time the men’s team has competed at the national level in some time; However, the women’s team on the other hand, will be making its second appearance in two years.
The Hogs will be running along side familiar Lone Star Conference foes, as the meet will be made up of some of the best in the LSC, including some athletes who are ranked nationally across the country.
“The LSC is the toughest region in the nation,” said Coach Sampson.
Four of the top ten teams, including the number one team in the nation in Division-II, compete in the Lone Star Conference.
Teams from the Lone Star, Heartland and Rocky Mountain conferences will all compete at the NCAA regional.
Among the pack, will be runners from Division-I and other areas of Division-II, and so the field will be flooded with a multitude of competition that is unlike what the Hoggies have encountered before.
LSC Freshman of the Year award recipient and LSC All-Conference member Jose Ventura IV will look to show out this coming week, and continue to push for a the best time he has had all season, considering he continues to finish amongst the top ten in every race he has competed in. The expectations are high for Ventura.
His best time was at the Chili Pepper Festival with a time of 25.19 in the 8k run.
The Hoggies will look forward to hopefully bring some hardware home to Javelina Nation.