Texas Wesleyan men’s and women’s track team both ran in the Oklahoma Christian University’s Indoor Invitational Saturday Jan. 28 in Norman, Okla.
Christopher Smith, senior exercise science major and runner, ran this past weekend with the Runnin’ Rams.
Smith said the meet went really well overall.
“We had great competition this past weekend,” Smith said. “We were exposed to some great runners but that’s good because being exposed to them over prepares us for our conference.”
Smith ran the 400m, one lap around the track, and finished with a time of 54.43.
Along with Smith, freshman Ramiro Garcia, 1000m runner, placed third in the 1000m. 1000m is two and a half laps around the track. Garcia finished with a time of 2:39.55 in 1000m.
Junior Bobby Hawes mid distance runner, ran the 800m, which is two laps around the track. He ran it with a time of 1:59.13 placing him in sixth place.
Andrew Herrera, junior also placed sixth in the 3000m run with a time of 9:05.11, and sophomore Juan Salazar placed ninth running it in 9:22.8. Running the 200m was sophomore Luis Macias with a time of 24.16.
Jessica Davis, sophomore criminal justice major, ran with the Lady Rams this past weekend and she said as individuals, the girls ran very well.
Davis won two races this weekend. She ran the 5000m with a time of 19:25.49 and also the 3000m with a 10:55.52. Maria Aguayo, freshman ran the 3000m too placing third with a time of 11:08.52. Running the mile for the Lady Rams was Aguayo and freshman Ann Segovia. Aguayo finished fifth with a 5:37.08 mile and Segovia placed third running it in 5:27.85.
During practice the Lady Rams have been running in speed workouts, which include 400’s, 300’s, and 200m sprints.
“We have to stay focused and keep giving practice a hundred and ten percent,” Davis said. “Running these sprint workouts helps us out on our turnovers.”
Asia Wilson, sophomore athletic training major, said running during practice with the teammates brings some fun competition.
“Track is all mental so just hearing your teammates cheering you on helps,” Wilson said. “Also having someone run with you helps you as well because we are teammates but no one wants to get beat.”
Wilson ran the 60m sprint in 8.23 seconds and the 200m in 27.71 seconds.
“I’ve been working really hard this year and I can tell it’s paying off but there are much needed improvements,” Wilson said.
Both teams will continue to put in work to get prepared for the Texas Tech University Indoor Invitational No. 2 on Feb.4 in Lubbock, Texas.
“We see where we are and where we want to be,” Smith said. “We are ready to put the work in to become the best.”