Texas State’s cross country team began its season last week against tough competition at the Bear Twilight Invitational in Waco on Aug. 30.
The Bobcat men finished seventh out of seven teams, and the Texas State women finished seventh out of eight teams. However, Texas State cross country coach Bryan Jackson liked the team’s effort and looks forward to more.
The competition included Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, North Texas and Houston, five of the top-ranked teams in the region.
“This was a great team effort for our first meet,” Jackson said. “Against some tough competition, we made a successful start we can build on for the rest of the season.”
Jackson lauded the performance of freshman Keila Rodriguez, running in her first collegiate meet. Rodriguez finished the 4,000-meter course in a time of 14:56.8 for 25th place. She beat the top runners from Texas A&M and North Texas.
Baylor and SMU swept the top four spots in the women’s race while Texas State’s Michelle Jones finished 40th (15:08.7). Kelly Trevino wasn’t far behind with a 47th place finish (15:17.2). Haley Pilcher finished with a time of 15:41.5, and Chelsea Thompson finished at 16:07.4 while Gabriella Ortegon rounded out the group with a time of 16:20.1.
For the Texas State men, it was Joseph Pena leading the way with a time of 19:44.6, with Joseph Rodriguez close behind at 19:45.8, placing 27th and 29th, respectively. Weston O’Donnel finished the course in 19:55.7 while Tyrone Jackson logged a time of 20:09.8. Brian Tasson and Gabriel Rodriguez rounded out the group with respective times of 20:39.6 and 21:19.0
The cross country team’s next action will be in Houston at the Rice Invite on Sept. 13.
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