Special to the E-T Tarleton Sports Information
COMMERCE - The Tarleton Texan and TexAnn cross country teams showed well Saturday at the Lone Star Conference Cross Country Championships. The women finished second overall and the men third, tallying the school's highest finishes ever in the conference meet.
“I am extremely proud of our kids and the way they competed today,” said Tarleton head coach Pat Ponder.
Tarleton's women scored 84 points to finish second behind Abilene Christian's 53 and two points ahead of West Texas A&M (86). Central Oklahoma (94), Southwestern Oklahoma (114), East Central (116), Angelo State (178), Texas A&M-Kingsville (213), Eastern New Mexico (271), Midwestern State (306), Texas A&M-Commerce (350) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (417) rounded out the competition.
“The girls really stepped up and competed well,” Ponder said. “The all did a great job both individually and collectively.”
The TexAnns were led by Claudia Castanon who finished 10th overall with at ime of 23:48.61.
Also running for the TexAnns was 16th place finisher Kymberlee Trnka (24:14.43), 17th place finisher Shadoh Campbell (24:14.92), 19th place finisher Danielle Webber (24:35.55), 22nd place finisher Angela Riker (24:51.44), 34th place finisher Morgan Kuykendall (25:23.05), 43rd place finisher Krista Morris (25:47.16) and No. 47 Sheila Bishop (26:05.61).
The Texans scored 101 points to finish behind ACU (23) and East Central (64). ENMU (124), Cameron (141), ASU (166), WTAMU (246) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (268) rounded out the men's competition.
Tarleton's men's team was led by Rey Hinojosa, who finished fifth with a time of 25:41.36.
Also running for the Texans was 16th place finisher Gerzain Valenzuela (27:00.24), 17th place finisher Travis Fort (27:04.67), 31st place finisher Ryan Quasada (28:14.49), 32nd place finisher Kevin Emmert (28:17.31), 35th place finisher Westyn Rosiles (28:27.23), 43rd place finisher Chris Hearell (29:01.92) and No. 49 Jared McNeil (29:50.44).
“The guys did a good job, but we are going to have to come out with more intensity,” Ponder said. “Overall, I was really pleased with the way Rey and Claudia ran, and I can't wait to see what we do at the regional meet. I think we will be very competitive.”