The Texas Wesleyan men and women’s track team competed in the University of Houston’s Leonard Hilton Indoor Invitational on Friday Jan. 13.
It was the season opener for the men but the women participated in the Texas A&M University’s Reveille Invitational in December.The Lady Rams ran the Distance Medley Relay (DMR), which consists of four different running stretches. The first one is the 1200m, the second is the 400m, third is the 800m, and the last strectch of the relay is the mile run. J’Lesa Hutchinson s, Ana Segovia, Lauri Gutierrez, and Jessica Davis finished in fifth place with a time of 13:13.01.Gutierrez individually took the lead in the 800m run finishing with a time of 2:40.08. Segovia ran the mile finishing 20th with a time of 5:25.62, Davis placed 24th running a 5:33.66, and Aguayo placed 28th with a time of 5:43.10. Lauri Gutierrez, sophomore criminal justice major and mid distance runner, said she hopes to see improvement within the team. “Honestly, I feel like we didn’t run to our fullest potential.I feel like we have a lot of work to do. Once we get going there’s no doubt in my mind we will qualify the DMR teams as well as individually,” Gutierrez said. Jessica Davis, sophomore criminal justice major and distance runner, said head coach Natnael Amare helps push the track team to get better.“He definitely pushes us and he sees we have a lot of talent and he wants to make sure we show that at every meet.He shows his support by giving us advice on our races, acknowledging our work, and of course by yelling along the track,” Davis said.Gutierrez said the Lady Rams have been putting in the work especially with Nat’s work outs. “They are no joke,” Gutierrez said. “We need to be stronger mentally and just give it 110 percent every day and remind ourselves that we do belong at the national level.”The men’s track team also competed in the invitational competing best in the distance runs. Junior distance runner Andrew Herrera ran the 5000m in 15:47.15 placing seventh. Bobby Hawes, junior mid distance runner, ran the 800m 2:00.78 placing eighth and there were also two sprinters running for the Rams. Christopher Smith, junior sprinter and sprinter Luis Macias ran the 440m with Smith finishing with a time of 53.12 placing 16th and Macias with a time of 55.13 placing 19th. Bobby Hawes, junior exercise science major, said only four guys competed in the meet and although it is hard to support each other with everyone running at different times, they still cheer each other on before the run and wish each other good luck. “It was our first meet so we were all nervous, well I was and I just did not do as well as I should have,” Hawes said.The men and women will run again Jan. 28 and 29 in the Houston Indoor Invitational.