The Texas A&M University-Kingsville cross-country teams competed this past Tuesday Oct. 28 at the Angelo State University Blue and Gold classic hosted by the Rams and were accompanied by the Tarleton State Texans.
The men were able to capture a second place finish earning them a total of 49 points following right behind Tarleton State who won the meet with a total of 20 points and Angelo State took third with 55 points total.
Lone senior Jorge Alanis led the way for the Javelinas as he finished in 5th place overall covering the 8-Kilometer course in a time of 26:50.51 while 800m specialist Michal Idziak took 9th place with a time of 27:23.96 to finish in the top 10.
“I commend Jorge on really going out there and challenging himself to stay with the leaders for as long as he did as well as Idziak from coming back from a bad start to really getting after it through the 3rd mile and towards the finish line,” said cross country coach Adriane Wunderlich.
Emanuel Ibanez, Francisco Solis, Damian Feeney, and Shane Stehle were able to finish right next to each other to conquer the top 20 spots of the race from 12-15th place with times of 27:47-28:21.
“The men got out very well, as I believe Tarleton was a bit thrown off having their number 1 runner, Dylan Willett, have his shoe come off right at the start of the race. Jorge and Emanuel did an excellent job staying with that group, but our other men had fallen off by the 2nd mile,” Wunderlich said.
For the women, they were able to get off to a great start and had great performance happen for them as they finished in third place with a total of 72 points. Angelo State won the meet with 26 points edging out Tarleton State who took 2nd with a total of 32 points.
Top runner for the Javelinas Amy Mendoza led the way as she crossed the finish line in 25:26.66 in the 6-Kilometer course to capture an 11th place finish. She was followed by a 13th place finish from her teammate Chelsea Gonzalez who finished the course with a time of 25:48.47. Chelsea Williams was the third runner from the Javelinas to finish in the top 15 and finish in 14th place with a time of 26:24.67.
“The women got off to a good start in their race but were unfortunately not able to hold the fast pace that the Angelo girls and Tylo Farrar of Tarleton set forth for the women. Our top 3 women know they need to find each other better during the race and then push each other in the middle in order for us to be competitive,” Wunderlich said.
Wunderlich said she believes if both teams really work together during practice and show it throughout the races especially come the Lone Star Conference Meet next week, they can have a chance at anything and prove to everyone that they can be competitive and fight all the way no matter what it takes.
“This is something the men and women know they will have to correct going into LSCs. The men’s team can do something really special if we go out at Midwestern State and do what each one of them is capable of. For the women, I know they can do something special as well and can prove not only to me, but to all the other teams that they can be at the top of the pack and be very competitive throughout the entire race come Conference which I am definitely looking forward to,” Wunderlich said.
The Javelinas get set for the 2014 Lone Star Conference Cross Country Championships next Saturday hosted by Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX on November 8 and are looking forward and determined to finish in the top of the pack.