The Texas Wesleyan men and women’s track teams competed in the Red River Athletic Conference Championship in Langston, Okla on Saturday April 21.
The women took home the championship for the first time, while the men took home fourth place.
Raven Alexander, junior sprinter, ran in the meet on Saturday and was pleased with the results.
“I think we performed well considering the size of our team, and we knew what we had coming into it. But we stepped it up when we had to,” Alexander said.
Jessica Davis, junior distance runner, ran the 3000 meter and claimed first place running it in 11:52.95.
Maria Aguayo, freshman distance runner, placed third in the 1500m run, and Ana Segovia, freshman distance runner, placed fifth.
Lauri Gutierrez, junior distance runner, placed fourth in the 1500m run as well.
Germesha Shelton, freshman sprinter, ran the 100m hurdles along with R’relle Duncan. Shelton ran them in 18.01, and Duncan finished in 19.41.
Davis said her team ran excellent, and they left everything out on the track.
“Hard work has given us exactly what we wanted. There were times when we were tired and didn’t feel like running,” Davis said. “But because we knew what our goal was, we did it anyway, and now look at us, we have become conference champions in just two years of the program.”
Alexander said when she gets her ring, it not only is it for her track team, but it’s for her basketball team as well.
“The basketball team came up short, and I honestly wanted to do everything in my power to bring one home to them because they have supported me through all of this. I guess you can say I did this for them too,” Alexander said.
The men’s team competed in the RRAC championship as well and placed fourth overall. Edwin Ngeno, junior distance runner, ran in the 3000m race, finishing with a time of 9:19.5
Ramiro Garcia, sophomore distance runner, placed second in the 3000m race.
Bobby Hawes, sophomore mid-distance runner, ran the 3000m race placing third, and Juan Salazar, freshman distance runner, placed fourth. Manny Belay, freshman distance runner, ran in the 5000m placing second.
Maria Aguayo, freshman runner, said the runners gave it all they had.
“We knew that every point mattered and in order to take home the win we would each have to do our part,” Aguayo said.
Davis said, overall, Coach Natnael Amare made it possible.
“Coach Nat’s dedication and support were how we were able to accomplish something [that] not many teams can say they did,” Davis said.
The men and women’s track team will compete again May 9 in the Oliver Jackson Twilight meet in Abilene, Texas.