Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cross Country Preview - Texas A&M Kingsville

By Don Garrett



2012 Cross Country Preview: Texas A&M-Kingsville
WOMEN – 8th out of 9 teams in 2011, they were 95 points behind 7th place Incarnate Word and 26 ahead of TAMU-Commerce. While Kingsville, has seen a huge improvement from their overall track program and a modest improvement in the men’s cross country team, it has been slower going for the women’s team. They did not score a single distance point in the LSC track meet last fall. This year, they return everyone who ran last year in the LSC XC meet, plus several new faces, but none with the proven ability to contribute immediately. We could still see them climb a place or 2 simply due more experience

LOST FROM LAST SEASON – absolutely no one

RETURNEES (with their 2011 place in parentheses):
  • ·         Rebecca Jimenez (39th) – but did not run in the LSC track meet
  • ·         Marissa Acosta (41st) – and she was 14th in the steeple on the track
  • ·         Briana Villareal (43rd) – later in the spring, she was 20th in the 1500
  • ·         Rowena Trevino (56th) – did not run in the spring track meet
  • ·         Ashley Nunez (57th) – also did not run in the LSC track meet last spring
  • ·         Meagan Lindsey (62nd) – 20th in the 5K on the track
  • ·         Anna Richburg (64th) – 18th in the 800 and 27th in the 1500 last spring
  • ·         Tezna Roy – did not run the XC meet in 2011 (she did in 2010), but was 13th in the 800 last spring
  • ·         Danica Huerta  - did not run in the LSC XC meet, but on the track she was 16th in the 800 and 23rd in the 1500


NEWCOMERS
  • ·         Lucy Granados – freshman from Alice – 8th in the Region IV-4A 800, she is more of a 400/800 runner (she was 4th in the District 31-4A 400) than a true distance runner, but interesting potential
  • ·         Janae Lewis – freshman from San Antonio Stevens – while a student at 1A San Antonio Stacey, she placed 7th in the 1A 800 at the state meet. After her move to Stevens, she was 5th in the DIst 27-5A XC and 5th in the 800.
  • ·         Marisa Reyes – redshirt freshman from Corpus Christi West Oso – in 2011, she won the District 31-3A in both the 1600 and 3200
  • ·         Bianca Pena – freshman from Eagle Pass – 8th in the District 29-5A 800
  • ·         Victoria Bankes – freshman from Schertz Clemens – only 39th in the District 27-4A XC



MEN – finished 7th in 2011, a scant 2 points behind Tarleton and an equal 2 points ahead of Cameron.  The Javelinas lost their top runner for the past 3 years, Kiya Dandena. They bring back lots of bodies from last year and hunted up a lot of newcomers. The loss of a great runner of Dandena will have to be offset by a combination of improvement from the returnees and hopefully, 2-3 of the newcomers coming through with solid seasons.

LOST FROM LAST SEASON
  • ·         Kiya Dandena – 2nd in the LSC XC, he came back to finish 2nd in the LSC 10K on the track and complete his career with a 5th in the 5K. Kiya was the face of TAMU-K distance running for the past 3-4 years.
  • ·         Greg Carmona – 66th in the LSC XC meet


RETURNEES (with last year’s place in parentheses)
  • ·         Andre Fuqua (24th) – on the track, he finished just out of the points, finishing 9th in the steeple, an event in which he scored in 2011
  • ·         Brett Arredondo (29th) – but did not run in the track meet (teams are limited as to the number of athletes who can come to the LSC track meet and Kingsville went heavily with sprinters, jumpers and throwers in 2012
  • ·         Jorge Alanis (50th) – did not run in the track meet
  • ·         Andres Rivas (56th) – also did not run in the spring track meet
  • ·         Josh Prado (57th) – he did get to run in the track meet and garnered 5th in the 800, but he is more of a 800 runner than a true long-distance guy
  • ·         Calvin Scharf (70th) – ran pretty well early in the XC season after a transfer from College of the Ozarks, but tapered off late in the XC season. Could be more of a factor this year.
  • ·         Chris Garza (72nd) – did not run at the LSC track meet
  • ·         Ryan Richardson – did not compete at the LSC XC meet, but did run last spring and was 12th in the 800



NEWCOMERS
  • ·         Michael Idziak – originally from Poland, he ran this past year for the outstanding military prep school, Fork Union in Virginia and at the Virginia Independent Schools state meet, he won the 800 and was 2nd in the 1600. He could potentially be a huge addition to this team
  • ·         Ty Ramos – freshman from Moulton – at the 1A state meet in 2011, he placed  6th in the 1600 and 3200, but did not make it back to Austin in 2012 as he finished 3rd in the Region IV-1A 3200 and 5th in the 1600
  • ·         Patrick Alexshonis – freshman from A&M Consolidated – 54th in the Region II-5A XC last fall and 5th in the District 12-5A 800 in the spring
  • ·         Kaleb Neptune – a redshirt freshman from Odessa HS – won the District 3-5A 3200 and was 2nd in the 1600 in 2011 before a redshirt year at TAMU-K in 2012
  • ·         Jacob Luna – a redshirt freshman from Vanderbilt Industrial HS – before redshirting in 2012, he almost made the state track meet after finishing 3rd in the Region IV-2A 1600, as well as 5th in 3200
  • ·         Richard Hernandez – freshman from Ingleside – at the District 3-3A meet , 2nd in the 3200 and 3rd in the 1600
  • ·         Emanuel Ibanez – freshman from Kingsville King – 3rd in the Dist 31-4A in 2012 and in 2011 he was 5th in the 1600 and 6th in the 3200 in the same district
  • ·         Justin Ibanez – freshman from San Diego (TX) – at the Region IV-2A meet in 2011, he was 3rd in the 3200 and 7th in the 1600
  • ·         Nick Rios – freshman from Corpus Christi Calallen – 3rd in the District 31-4A 1600 and 3200
  • ·         Jesus Tijerina – freshman from Laredo Alexander – 3rd in the District 29-5A 800
  • ·         Gustavo Pedraza – redshirt freshman from Laredo Nixon who was 9th in the District 29-5A 1600, 3200 in 2011

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