The Texas State cross country team will be traveling to Georgia this weekend to compete in the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Heading into this meet, the Bobcats are prepared and ready to prove themselves to the rest of the conference.
“This meet is a great opportunity to really show how much Texas State has improved over the last year,” Coach Bill Roberston said. “It’s a great chance to show the Sun Belt how well we do.”
The Sun Belt conference is stacked with talented teams like Appalachian State, who were ranked at No. 1 in the most recent USTFCCCA regional rankings. Additional teams include Arkansas State, Little Rock, South Alabama, UT Arlington, Troy and more.
By using teamwork and a strong drive for competition, Texas State is expected to run well against these highly-ranked teams.
“These guys work very well together as a team,” Robertson said. “I expect them to be very competitive at the meet and to do well even though the competition is high.”
At last year’s Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships, UT-Arlington finished first on the women’s side with a score of 51 and an average time of 17:29 for the 5k. Finishing second and third was Appalachian State and Arkansas State, respectively. The Bobcats landed at 8th overall, finishing just above Troy, Georgia Southern and UL-Monroe.
As for individuals, then freshman now sophomore runner Emily Potts finished at 23rd place with a time of 18:04.2. Sophomore runner Nikki Sanchez finished at 37th with a time of 18:45.1.
Sanchez is expected to run a strong race this weekend alongside freshman Devina Schneider. Schneider was the recipient of the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week women’s award during the week of October 14th 2015. Texas State’s sophomore Logan Pittdman received the men’s award.
In the men’s 8k last year, South Alabama took first place overall with an average time of 25:06. Finishing just below the Jaguars was Appalachian State and UT-Arlington. Texas State finished at 6th with an average time of 26:22.
The first individual who finished for the Bobcats was sophomore runner Jose Angel Gonzalez who ran a time of 25:03.0 and finished in 10th place among 62 total runners. Gonzalez has continued to prove himself as a top runner since last year and is expected to compete well this weekend.
The Sun Belt Cross Country Championships will be held at Nash Farm Park in Hampton, Georgia, hosted by Georgia State University. The women’s 5k race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. central time while the men’s 8k will begin at 10 a.m.