Doty second, Texans third at Baylor

BRAD KEITH brad.keith@empiretribune.com
Tarleton cross country

Tye Doty finished second overall and first among collegiate runners while Tarleton State claimed third as a team in the Texans' season-opening outing at the Baylor Bear Twilight at the Heart of Texas Soccer Complex in Waco Friday night.

Doty, a sophomore from Bruceville-Eddy, led the Texans by finishing the 6,000 meter run in 18:51.4.

"Tye is a kid who puts in so much hard work, not only in athletics, but in the classroom," said Tarleton head coach Pat Ponder, according to a release from the university's athletics media relations department. "I'm glad to see his hard work translate into success."

As a team, Tarleton posted a total time of 1:38:59.40, an average of 19:47.88 per runner. Only Big XII members Texas A&M and Baylor finished ahead of the Texans, who are ranked 10th in Division II's South Central Region.

Miles Joshlin finished 18th individually in 19:42.4. Freshmen James Polasek was 33rd (20:07.2), Thorne Pettigrew 34th (20:08.2) and Jeffrey Currie 35th (20:10.2) for the Texans. Brian Cooper was 48th (21:16.6) and Stefan Campos 55th (22:32.8).

The TexAnns finished seventh overall with two runners in the top 50. Ashley Husbands was 43rd (15:32.7) and Karen Ramming 47th (15:41.0) in the 4,000 meter race. Tarleton ran a total team time of 1:19:31.2, an average of 15:54.24 per runner.

Tarleton has another Division I meet on deck as the Texans and TexAnns prepare to run in the Texas Tech Open in Lubbock on Sept. 14.

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