The Javelina Cross Country team had a strong performance this past weekend competing against Division I and non-Division I teams this past weekend at West Guth Park in Corpus Christ, Texas on Friday night.
The Javelina men were able to finish third among non-Division I runners to earn a score of 93 points while the women finished in fourth as a team with a total score of 100 points.
“I was very pleased with the performance both men and women put on at the meet and for it being their first competitive race to their full length of their mileage,” said Adriane Wunderlich, head cross country coach.
For the men’s first 8K race, senior runner Emanuel Ibanez led the way for the Javelinas as he placed 13th with a time of 27:45.80 among the non-Division I competitors. Freshman runner Francisco Solis crossed the finish to take 17th place running in a time of 28:11.40, while 800m specialist Michal Idziak came in 20th place with a time of 28:28.10.
“You know this team has been at the bottom of the conference for the last 2 years in the past and we have been working for the same goal and that is to finish in the top of the conference this year. Idziak has been our number one runner the last 2 years pretty consistently after having a stellar outdoor track season,” Wunderlich said.
On the women’s side in the 5K, sophomore runner Amy Mendoza was able to capture a 12th place finish and led the Javelina women with a time of 20:20.60, while Chelsea Williams captured a 14th place performance clocking in at 20:27.10.
“I am looking forward to big expectations from Mendoza as she was a red shirt last year but I know she has been putting in the work this summer so I plan on seeing her leading the team on the women’s side throughout the season,” Wunderlich said.
The team has had great performances for the past 3 meets now as they have been finishing in the top 5 as a team both from the men and women’s side and they hope to do the exact same thing when they get ready for the Lone Star Conference Championship Meet which will be hosted by Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls on Nov. 8, 2014.
“You know on the men’s side they want the same goal and that is to finish at least in the top 3 because I believe finishing in the top 3 is not out of the question. We are just going to want it more, so we’ll keep putting in the effort into our runs and workouts and let it show when it will really count which will be at the conference meet so we are excited and let’s see what we can do as a team,” Wunderlich said.
The Javelinas will be back in action as they get to take on their former Conference competitors, the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Saturday Oct. 11.