Cross country coach hopeful for improvement

By KATIE LACKEY, Sports Editor

The Rangers women’s cross country placed 19, while the men’s team placed 21 this past weekend at the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree.

The women’s team ran a five-kilometer race. Junior, Renee Contreras, led the Rangers team in with a 64 finish and a time of 21:33. It was Contreras first cross country race since high school, and she finished well in a very competitive field, cross country coach, Clay Tarter, said.

Following Contreras, Clara O’Connor finished in a time of 23:38. Not far behind was Rebecca Black, she finished in 23:49. Black has remained very consistent in both five-kilometer races, Tarter said. Freshman, Lexi Hastings, ran a 25:06, while Capri Gahr rounded out the women’s team with a 27:13.

The men’s team ran an eight-kilometer course with Seth Maston leading the Rangers team with a 32:38. Following was Manuel Reyes, who ran a 34:10 and Brandon Widner just behind with a 34:33. Ian Licea ran a 35:27, while Thomas Decker rounded out the men’s team with a 36:39.

The OSU Cowboy Jamboree was the first eight-kilometer race of the season. The men all established times that they will work toward improving, Tarter said. The Rangers next race is Saturday in Fayettville, Arkansas at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival.