The Texas Wesleyan men’s and women’s track team ran in the Bobby Lane Invitational at the University of Texas at Arlington March 24.
Jessica Davis, junior distance runner, said the team ran with teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
“We ran pretty well,” Davis said. “We kept up with the big boys.”
Davis placed 7th in the 5000 meter run with a time of 18:32.14 while placing 22nd in the 1000m with a time of 4:50.02.
Asia Wilson, sophomore sprinter, ran the 200m dash in 26.40, and Raven Alexander, junior sprinter, ran the 200m in 27.70.
Maria Aguayo, freshman distance runner, finished the 5000m run in 19:44.52, and Lauri Gutierrez,junior mid-distance runner finished it in 20:20.39.
J’lesa Hutchinson, sophomore sprinter, ran the 400m in 1:02.19 and Ana Segovia, freshman distance runner, ran the 1000m in 5:11.92.
Alexander said the girls ran well against the teams they were up against.
“Some people set personal records in their events due to the stiff competition,” Alexander said.
The men’s team competed in the Bobby Lane Invitational as well. Bobby Hawes, sophomore mid distance runner, ran for Wesleyan this past weekend.
“We did OK but I believe we all could have done better and could do better,” Hawes said.
Hawes ran the 1500m placing 6th with a time of 4:02.78. While Ramiro Garcia, sophomore distance runner, ran the 1500m in 4:15.48.
Christopher Smith, senior sprinter, ran the 400m in 52.92
The 5000m run was completed by Manny Belay, freshman runner, and Edwin Ngeno, junior distance runner.
Belay finished in 16:55.16 and Ngeno finished with a time of 16:55.19.
Hawes said the men had a strong field of great runners.
“The Runnin’ Rams can improve by running smarter, faster, stronger and harder,” Hawes said.
As nationals get closer for both men and women, Davis said it is looking good.
“I feel like nationals is a reach away, and we are working hard to keep getting closer but all that means is we have to put more work in because we are not giving up,” Davis said. “We deserve to be there.”
Alexander said the hard work is paying off for everyone.
“The hard work is giving us a mindset that nothing is going to come easy, and it is making us want to work harder for that conference title,” Alexander said.
The Rams’ next meet will be April 6 at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.