Emma Fradette

 

ekfradette@txwes.edu

 

The Texas Wesleyan women’s and men’s track teams ran in the Lion Preseason Meet at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, TX.

 

Jessica Davis, junior runner, said the women’s team ran excellent.

 

“We were all very competitive, and the results proved it,” Davis said.

 

Christopher Smith, senior sprinter, said he believes the men’s and women’s teams both ran very well.

 

Davis said the women’s team is working hard to fulfill its goal,s.

 

The main goal is to make it to nationals, which the team is working hard to achieve.

 

“In order for us to meet the qualifying times, we have to compete at track meets and give it all we have,” Davis said. “Taking practice seriously is another way we will make it to nationals.”

 

Davis said practice is important when it comes to nationals.

 

“If we can get close to meeting a qualifying time at practice, then we are able to meet it at the meet,” Davis said. “That is why we have to make sure we give everything at practice.”

 

Not only is the women’s track team practicing hard but so are the men.

 

“We can see hard work is starting to pay off,” Smith said.

 

Smith said the team prepares for each meet by getting a good night’s rest the night before, staying hydrated and staying focused.

 

Although the team ran well, Smith said they can always do better.

 

“There is always room for improvement,” Smith said. “We need to continue to stay positive, stay focused and continue to work hard.”

 

Bobby Hawes, sophomore distance runner, said Friday and Sunday the Rams ran really well overall.

 

“It was a bit windy, but we still had guys win their race. It is very early in the season, but we are getting better.”

 

Hawes said on Sunday, the Rams qualified for nationals in the half marathon and had an overall great weekend.

 

The men and women’s track team will run again Mar.1-3 in the NAIA Indoor National Championship in Geneva, Ohio.