The Texas Wesleyan men’s and women’s track teams participated in two different places over the past weekend, running at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.
Bobby Hawes, sophomore distance runner, ran at UIW and won the 1500m race.
Hawes said there was decent competition with only one other runner from Wesleyan running at UIW, Andrew Herrera.
Hawes said overall the meet was a success.
“It was a great meet, and we ran at night,” Hawes said. “I only won the race by three seconds and got a cool shirt for it.”
Hawes said as Nationals approaches, he needs to run a 3:57 or better in the 1500m run to qualify. Jessica Davis, Lauri Gutierrez and Maria Aguayo ran for the Lady Rams at the UIW meet as well.
Davis, junior distance runner, is pleased with her team’s performance.
“We showed we belonged by running with our competition,” Davis said. “We all ran a personal best, and this is what we needed to show our true talent.”
Davis said the Nationals for the women are getting closer, and she believes the women can make it there.
“All we need to do is reach for it, and we are all putting out best foot forward to get there,” Davis said.
Germesha Shelton, freshman runner, participated in the Lon Morris event and said all those who ran for Wesleyan on Saturday ran well.
“On Saturday we all ran well. We just have to continue to all do our part as a team,” Shelton said.
Both teams continue to push it in practice and get better as the season progresses.
“It is definitely getting harder, because coach knows we all have talent,” Davis said. “We are all showing up at practice because we all want it, and we are all competing for that top spot.”
The men’s and women’s track teams will run again March 8 at the Tarleton State Invitational in Stephenville, Texas.
Emma Fradette; email@example.com