The Bobcats showed their competitive spirit at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships Sunday in Georgia.
“We showed some competitiveness, which is good,” Coach Bill Robertson said. “Overall, I think it went well. We definitely learned a lot, which is good moving forward.”
Texas State’s women’s team finished 9th place overall with a score of 187, just above UL-Lafayette and UL-Monroe. Finishing first was South Alabama with a score of 46, winning their first cross country title since 1988. Following in second place was Appalachian State, with a score of 66.
Among the top 15 runners in the women’s 5K race was freshman runner Devina Schneider, who led the Bobcats and placed at 13th with a time of 18:54.2. Following Schneider was sophomore runner Nikki Sanchez, who finished at 30th with a time of 19:46.2. Junior runner Gabriela Ortegon finished soon after with a time of 19:59.4, placing 36th.
On the men’s side, UT-Arlington took the title with a score of 52. Despite being ranked 7th in the Sun Belt preseason poll, Texas State finished 5th overall with a score of 111. The Bobcats finished above Arkansas State, Little Rock, UL-Monroe and Troy.
Leading Texas State was sophomore Jose Angel Gonzalez. Gonzalez finished at 12th place with a time of 26:12.6 in the men’s 8K. Gonzalez and Schneider were the only Bobcats to finish in the top 15 of their races.
“They’ve been leaders all year and they’re both very talented and they fought hard today,” Robertson said. “Both of them I’m proud of.”
As a result, Schneider and Gonzalez were both named Third Team All-Conference.
Finishing just five places after Gonzalez was freshman Joseph Meade, who had a time of 26:34.2. Next up was senior Joseph Pena at 23rd place with a time of 26:43.8.
After competing against every team in the conference, the Bobcats have an idea of what they can do to improve.
“I think we can improve the depth of the girl’s team,” Robertson said. “As far as the men go, really the hills kind of got to us today, so if we can improve the strength of the men’s team in training then I think that’ll be good to move forward.”