Cross Country makes a splash in Corpus Christi

Team takes major strides into their season

By Alana Edgin
On October 1, 2015

The cross country teams have gone over the hills and through the woods this season.

As both the Ram and Rambelle teams race towards the end of their season, they have been growing stronger and faster.

The teams had five top ten finishes at the Islander Splash meet held on Sept. 25 in Corpus Christi.

At the previous meet in Abilene on Sept. 18, the Rambelles won first with 25 points and the Rams placed second with 45. The Islander meet may not have had the same team rankings, but the runners’ times improved for this bigger meet.

For the Rambelles, Candida Chairez won second place with a time of 19 minutes and 21 seconds, which was half a minute faster than her time for the Abilene meet. Kelsey Warren won fourth place with a huge improvement from the last meet. She improved by shaving off 24 seconds, getting a time of 19 minutes and 33 seconds. Claudia Ramirez slid in to ninth place, improving her time by seven seconds. Her time was 19 minutes, 51 seconds. Kamie Halfmann was injured during the race, but returned to help her team, getting 19th place. Trinity got 38 points to win the meet and the Rambelles took second place with 68 points.

The Rams had two men in the top ten. Devitt Smetana took second place with a time of 24 minutes and 42 seconds. Austin Watson reached a season high with 7th place and a time of 25 minutes, 37 seconds. As a team, the Rams got third place with 71 points, one point behind the second place team, A&M International. The first place team was Trinity with 24 points.

This was Smetana and Chairez’s third straight top ten finishes in a row for this year. Chairez has also been named Suddenlink Athlete of the Week.

The next meet will be the Blue and Gold Classic here on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

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