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Texas State runners Michelle Jones, left, and Joseph Pena, right. TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION PHOTO

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Michelle Jones and Joseph Pena of the Texas State cross country team both reached lifetime bests in the NCAA regional in Waco last Friday. However, neither advanced to the national finals.

Jones finished 52nd with a career best 22:14.5 in the women’s six kilometer competition, while Pena clocked his personal best of 32:50.6 in the mens 10 kilometer run for 80th place.

Both athletes will turn to preparation for the rapidly approaching indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

Texas senior Marielle Hall won the women’s race and led her team to a fourth place finish in the regional. Arkansas, with four of its four finishers in the top ten, won the women’s side.

On the men’s side, Stanley Kebenei of Arkansas won with a time of 29:41.3, just edging out teammate Kemoy Campbell. The race was so close that both runners finished with the same time. The top two finishes helped Arkansas win the men’s competition, followed by Texas and Lamar.

Texas State’s first meet of the indoor season will be at the Houston Invitational on Jan. 11. The team’s first outdoor meet will be at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth on March 21.

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A version of this story was published in Bobcat Magazine.

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