Cross Country finishes season in regional meet

First LSC Male Freshman of the Year award since 1998 given to Smetana

By Miguel Luna
On November 13, 2015

After many miles, members of ASU’s cross country teams received awards at the Lone Star Conference Championships on Oct. 26 in Stephenville.

Freshman Devitt Smetana ran the eight kilometer course in a time of 25:51, earning him fifth overall. Smetana was named the LSC Male Freshman Cross Country Runner of the Year. The last time an ASU athlete won this award was in 1998, earned by Lane Rutland.

Smetana was the only freshman to place in the Top 15 among the men at the meet. This allowed him to secure the award and earn all-conference as well.

“I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did,” Smetana said. “As the race went on I just kept picking up my pace and picking off the groups and came out when I did.”

However, Smetana was not the only runner who represented ASU highly at the meet.

Rambelle Junior Claudia Ramirez was named to the LSC Cross Country All-Academic team the Friday before the LSC Championships.

Ramirez placed 13th at the meet. She is one of the three Rambelle runners who placed in the Top 15 overall in the women’s division. The women had to run a six kilometer course. Senior Candida Chairez and sophomore Kelsey Warren placed fifth and sixth at the conference meet, respectively. All three women also earned all-conference honors.

“Angelo State changed my athletic career,” Ramirez said. “I transferred here and it was probably the best decision I ever made.”

The Rams placed fourth as a team, the highest since 2011. The Belles placed fifth as a team.

“We did what we could,” Ramirez said. “It was great teams, great competition.”

The LSC Championships were hosted by Tarleton State University at the Tejas Golf Course.

Smetana, Chairez, Ramirez and Warren also ran at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 South Central Regional Championships on Nov. 7 with fellow Ram freshmen Austin Watson, Angelo Pena and Preston Brooks.

The meet was hosted by West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas and both teams managed to end their season on a high note.

Chairez reached her best finish at the meet, placing 31st with a time of 22:41. She was the No. 3 LSC runner there. Ramirez placed 67th at 23:23 and Warren took 76th at 23:34.

Rams also ran their first 10 kilometer race of the season here and freshmen Watson, Pena and Brooks placed well in the meet. Watson, with a time of 33:15, seconds, placed 98th and was the only team member to place in the top 100. Brooks followed 35 seconds later to place 114th and Pena came in at 34:58 seconds to place 147th.

Watson will be a distance runner for the track team this coming season, along with Chairez, Ramirez and Warren.

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