SHSU Cross country runs strong at A&M Invitational

The Sam Houston State Men’s cross country team placed second while the women’s team came in 10th at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station last Saturday.Head coach Greg Hinze said the team is taking care of business and running consistently at the meets.”We were a little flat today coming off of a tough meet on a tough course last week, but we still took care of our business and beat the people we were supposed to beat,” Hinze said.SHSU men’s individual placing were: 10th, Joe Amburn, 27:02; 11th, Raul Villarreal, 27:05; 19th, Isai Llanes, 27:52; 28th, Jose Umanzor, 28:14; 29th, Vance Bridges, 28:15; 32nd, Brandon Moseley, 28:30; and 44th, Daniel Massingill, 29:01.”Joe Amburn rebounded nicely from a sub-par performance last week and Jose Umanzor ran extremely well for us today,” said Hinze. “He hasn’t been in our top five so if he can continue to improve upon this performance, he could be a nice little surprise for us.”Cross country men’s team standing were: First place, University of Texas-38; second, SHSU-97; third, Houston-111; fourth, North Texas-171; fifth, McNeese State-191; sixth, Northwood-200; seventh, Texas-Pan American-208; eighth, Texas A&M Kingsville-226; ninth, Southwest Texas-248; 10th, Cal State Northridge-252; 11th, Texas A&M-255; 12th, TCU-277.”Our top three are running very consistent right now and after that, it’s just going to come down to who wants it more,” Hinze said. “We have a little battle going on for the final spots for the Conference travel squad, but I think inner squad competition is healthy and the top seven will go when it’s time to go.” SHSU women’s individual placing were: 13th, Gaby Mendoza 22:47; 35th, Sarah Hershman 23:34; 59th, Kelli Alexander 24:34; 70th, Lauren Smith 24:47; 74th, Christa Hargus 24:54; 83rd, Melissa Poole 25:16; and 91st, Mindy Bonnet 25:25.”As for the women, Gaby Mendoza ran a great, great race,” Hinze said. “I’m very pleased with this breakthrough for her. She’s put herself in position to be a factor for an individual medal at the conference meet.”Hinze said the women’s team has the ability to compete, but some injuries are holding the team back and they need to be healthy before conference time. “Sarah Hershman continues to improve, but after those two, we have to get better,” he said. “The ability is there, but the combination of being freshmen and having some nagging injuries relating to the increased demands of training at the Division I level isn’t helping us right now.”The women’s team standing were: First, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi-86; second, Rice-88; third, Houston-128; fourth, Cal State Northridge-135; fifth, South Plains College-160; sixth, TCU-166; seventh, Abilene Christian-170; eighth, Baylor-213; ninth, Southwest Texas-237; 10th, SHSU-251; 11th, Texas A&M-276; 12th, Northwood 316; 13th, Trinity-322; 14th, Texas A&M-Kingsville-338; 15th, Lamar-393.The next competition for the cross country team will be the University of Houston Invitational on Oct 23.

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