TCU Cross Country Aggie Opener and Season Opener
After a long offseason, both men’s and women’s cross country for TCU were back in action. On Wednesday, September 1st, to kick off the regular season. Both teams competed at the Aggie Opener in College Station, Texas against and would take on some of the best teams in the country. With some tough competition, the runners would compete hard, and a few even earned medals.
On the women’s side of things, the Lady Frogs would place sixth out of eight as a team. But would have much optimism early this season. The only Lady Frog who would place top 10 was freshman Mariana Martinez. Who would finish eighth with a time of 14:47.71 out of a field of 64 runners.
The second athlete for the Lady Frogs would be Jasmin Muhammad-Graham. She placed 33rd overall and finish less than a minute behind Martinez with a time of 15:44. The team would ultimately finish the contest with 149 points—only 23 points behind the fifth-place team Houston.
While the women’s team may not have performed well, the men’s team would fare much better. With a third-place finish out of the seven teams participating. The Horned Frogs would finish with 92 points, only 11 points behind Abilene Christian.
In a very impressive performance, senior Horned Frog Lakelin Conrad would finish second. In the final stretch, he would edge out Prairie View’s Jemal Wote. By just .3 seconds to secure a silver medal and get two points.
Following Conrad for the Horned Frogs was Freshman Chris Vescovo, who finished 24th. Vescovo would finish with a time of 16:36.5 and earn only 18 points. En route to a third-place finish for the team.
While the women’s team may not have finished and placed how they would have hoped. There is much to look forward to for the Lady Horned Frogs. With a young team core of runners, expect the team to progress through the season. As they look to have a breakout year.
While having an excellent first performance of the season, the men’s team will also look to improve. The Horned Frogs should show progression with a mixture of youth and experience as the season will get into full effect.
Overall, the season opener at Aggie Opener in College Station, Texas, for both the TCU men and women’s cross-country teams had highs and lows. With both teams just getting started, keep an eye on both squads to make vast improvements in the coming weeks.
The next meet being the UTA Gerald Richey Invitational in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, September 11th. The Horned frogs and Lady Horned frogs will look to surprise the nation. As they will look for a Big 12 Championship and more.
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Story by Campus Live Employee Trinity Porter