Cross country begins season with score of 16

Damian Atamenwan

Freshman Sara Cuba lead as MSU Cross Country dominated four schools last Thursday. Photo by Courtney Bingham

The No. 12 Mustangs cross country team showed prospect this past Thursday evening as it dominated competitors from four other schools in its first meet of the season. MSU finished with a score of 16 points on the 4k course, winning against Angelo State, East Central, McMurry University and Texas A&M Commerce.

Cross Country Coach Koby Styles summarized the girls’ exhibition as “Amazing,” even though they were a point off the perfect score.

“I wasn’t nervous going into the meet – I was just curious to see how they were going to do,” he said. “They have been working hard and I was impressed by their performance.”

Finishing off with the lead was freshman Michelle Krezonoski, who had a running time of 14:34.00. Following her were sophomore Ashley Flores with a running time of 14:37.00, sophomore Janel Campbell, 14:39.00, and Krezonoski’s twin, Kim, who finished at 14:42.00. The Krezonoskis come from Thunder Bay, Ontario, but are adapting well to the heat and their teammates.

Freshman Sara Cuba (15:04.00), junior Heather Owens (15:40:00) and senior Lindsey Pate (15:50.00) finished 6th, 12th, and 16th, respectively, for MSU.

The fact that MSU had three freshmen runners in the top six showed that the current squad has real promise. Other MSU contenders were junior Melody Caldwell (16:03.00), sophomore Cara Mack (17:01.00), freshmen Erin Willeford (17:55.00), Erin Dombkowski (18:13.00) and Ashley Mims (19:06.00) came 21st, 33rd, 41st, 42nd and 44th respectively.

“I am really excited,” Styles said. “This is a great way to start the season.”

The Mustangs’ next meet is the Cameron Invitational at Lawton on Sept. 10.

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