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Tarleton Sports Information
ABILENE - The Tarleton cross country teams finished competition at the Lone Star Conference Championships in Abilene Saturday, with the men finishing seventh overall and the women finishing 10th.
The Texans ran against a crowded field with a number of talented runners, and managed 225 points, good for seventh. Host Abilene Christian took first overall with Eastern New Mexico and East Central following close behind.
Senior Westyn Rosiles came in seventh in the men's race with a time of 24:57. The all-conference runner led the Texans to a strong showing despite their youth. For the rest of the team, Logan Mynar (25:49) finished 18th, Miles Joslin (26:41) finished 41st, Chris Hearell (26:52) finished 47th, Brian Cooper (29:38) finished 65th, and Coleby Borchardt (29:54) finished 68th.
"I was very proud of the guys, especially Westyn (Rosiles) for getting All-Conference," said cross country head coach Pat Ponder. "It was fitting for him for the amount of work he put in both in the off-season and during the season."
The rest of the men received equal praise from Coach Ponder.
"They gave everything they could," said Ponder. "With three freshmen, it is difficult for them to come out and mix it up with juniors and seniors, but I thought they did their best and that's all I can ask for."
For the women, Tarleton came in 10th place out of 13 teams. Midwestern State took first overall, with Angelo State coming in second and Abilene Christian taking third. The race was cut short after the gator leading the way got lost, leaving the women to run just 4.5K instead of the initial 5K.
Vanessa Martinez (17:53) led the TexAnns with a 32nd-place finish, while Rhyland Pittenger (18:08) finished 39th, Ashley Husbands (18:20) finished 47th, Payton Shoush (18:30) finished 53rd, Katherine Grillo (18:31) finished 54th, Kyndall Trnka (18:53) finished 65th, and Morgan Reed (19:35) finished 74th.
"The course was run short, but everyone ran the same course so we don't have any excuses for that," said Ponder. "The girls had a dejected feeling after the race because they thought they could do better, but they left everything out there and I am proud of them."
The runners for the regional competition Nov. 20th will be decided on at a later date and will be announced by Coach Ponder prior to the meet.