Cross country competes in first tri-meet of season

Sports Reporter

The Texas State men and women’s cross country team had their first meet of the season as they traveled to San Antonio to compete at the Alamo City Opener.

It was a three-team meet with Texas State, UTSA and Incarnate Word. Coach Bryan Jackson said he was very pleased with the performance.

The men’s team finished in first place and took home a victory.

“The team as a whole stood out," Jackson said. "To have all five guys finish within 27 seconds of each other on a 6k about 4 and a half mile is very strong for this time of the year. It shows the guys put in the work over the summer and it shows all the work they’ve put in over the last two weeks. We are at a good starting point for the year."

Jose Angel Gonzalez, freshman runner, finished in fifth place in his first collegiate meet.

"He was our top freshman," Coach Jackson said. "I expected him to be one of our top three guys and to contribute as a freshman."

The women’s team finished in second place, placing behind Incarnate Word. The men's and women's teams beat UTSA, the defending Conference USA champions. This marks their first victory against the Roadrunners in four years.

“Women were spread out a little bit more," Jackson said. "That’s something we'll definitely have to work on. Gap time was a 1:44 over a 4k race, you know that’s a big gap between one and four and that’s probably one of the reasons why we didn’t compete to win the race and why we only got second."

Two freshmen women stood out for the Bobcats, Emily Potts and Nikki Sanchez. Potts led the women’s team with a third place time of 19:16:24. Local product from San Marcos, Texas, Nikki Sanchez finished fifth place with a time of 15:34.95 Sanchez is making the transition from a half-mile runner in high school to a long distance runner in college, but had a strong performance for her first collegiate race.

“Great opening races from our freshmen," Jackson said. "It really shows that it’s a bright future."

Next meet will be held in Houston at the Rice Invitational on Friday, Sept. 12.