CU runners take second

Photo courtesy of Mike Mazzo

Photo courtesy of Mike Mazzo

Jacob Jardel
Sports Editor
@JJardel_Writing

Hot on the heels of a win in their first meet of the season, Cameron’s cross country team was back in action on Sept. 10 in Wichita Falls for the Midwestern State Mustang Stampede.
The Black and Gold finished the four-team race in second place with a team score of 48 and an average time of 21:11.
Freshman Tristen Leyva said that the team was on top of its game for this race and showed signs of things to come.
“Everyone ran their hardest,” Leyva said. “I’m feeling great and looking forward to many victories with my teammates.”
Senior runner Steve Orwell paced the Aggies with a second place finish. He completed the race with a time of 20:03, about 20 seconds behind the overall leader.
Leyva was the next Cameron runner to cross the finish line. He came in with a sixth-place time of 20:42, nearly five seconds shy of cracking the top five.
Sophomore Leonard Kiplagat was the next Aggie runner to finish, crossing the line in 12th place individually with a time just over 21:38. Freshman Austin Akins finished in 13th individually with a time two seconds shy of Kiplagat’s pace.
Junior Grant Wignall was the final countable runner to finish for CU, with a final time of 21:50, enough for 15th place individually.
Freshman Roberto Barrios finished in 16th place individually, clocking in at 22:05, while sophomore Loic Soria notched a time of 22:13 for the 17th place slot.
The Aggies average time of just over 21 minutes was about 40 seconds shy of overall winner Bacone College, who finished with a time just under 20:30 and a score of 22.
Finishing behind Cameron was Lone Star Conference newcomer Texas-Permian Basin, which finished 35 points behind CU with an average time of 22:35. Oklahoma Panhandle State rounded out the race with an overall score of 95, clocking in an average team time of 23:54.
Jackson Thomas from Bacone College finished first overall with a time 19:42.

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