Cross country heads to Stillwater, Oklahoma to run in the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree after a solid outing at Denton.
Last weekend at Denton, senior Sterlen Paul and sophomore transfer from North Florida Travis Nichols finished in a virtual tie for 25th place Saturday morning in the collegiate four-mile run as part of the Ken Garland Invitational hosted by North Texas. Ryan Cleary finished in 27th place, and Drew Cummings finished in the top-40, securing 33rd place, and a 5th place finish for Men’s Cross Country.
Junior Gabi Thompson, said that Denton really showed the strengths and weaknesses of the team, after having most of the girls cleared for competition.
“Denton was a great race because we were able to have almost all of our girls compete,” Thompson said. “This week we are really looking forward to continuing our progress, and seeing what our group is capable of.”
Thompson finished with a 17th place finish out of 90 girls. Diana García Muñoz, Carnley Graham, and sisters Alexandria and Michaela Hackett, who are redshirting, this season also ran in the meet. The Hackett twins were first to the finish line and Graham ended up .3 seconds behind the third-place finisher, just narrowly missing an ACU redshirt sweep. Muñoz finished in 5th place a few seconds behind Graham.
Lance Bingham, head track coach, feels that the team is in a great place for the meet this weekend, but there are always things to improve on.
“We were very pleased with the overall fitness levels that both the men and women athletes are showing,” Bingham said. “If we can go out and control the pace a little better at the beginning of the men’s race, we have a change to greatly improve, and perform better overall.”
The Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree begins Saturday, with times still to be announced.