Women Finish 8th
ABILENE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s cross country team finished in eighth place among 13 teams at the Lone Star Conference Cross Country Championships hosted by Abilene Christian University on Saturday. (Results)
The Javelinas, competing with all freshmen and sophomores, improved upon the last few years’ conference finishes despite not having any runners finish higher than 30th. The race was initially supposed to be 6 kilometers, but a wrong turn by the driver in the gator ahead of the pack shortened the race to 4.5 kilometers.
The Javelinas packed their top five finishers within 26 seconds and 14 places of each other. Freshman Brianna Villarreal (La Feria/La Feria HS) was the top finisher on the squad covering the distance in 17:51.31 to take 30th. She out kicked teammate Marissa Acosta (Alice/Alice HS) who finished less than a second behind in 31st place. Another freshman, Ashley Nunez (Kingsville/H.M King HS) was nipping at their heels in 34th place and crossed the line in 17:57.26. Tezna Roy (Palacios/Palacios HS) and Rowena Trevino (San Diego/San Diego HS) finished in 38th and 45th, respectively for the team.
Midwestern State won the overall team title, their third straight, with a total of 46 points. They had three top 10 finishers and were led by Brissia Montalvo who finished in second place.
Angelo State followed in second place with 79 points and host Abilene Christian was third with 119 points. ACU’s Anais Belledant was the individual champion in a time of 16:07.74.
Eastern New Mexico was fourth with 132 points and was followed by Central Oklahoma (145), East Central (171), Incarnate Word (175), Texas A&M-Kingsville (177), West Texas A&M (186), Tarleton State (225), Southwestern Oklahoma (253), Texas A&M-Commerce (282) and Southeastern Oklahoma (408).