Texan Cross Country Men take 8th, Women 12th at WAC Championships as 9 student-athletes post personal bests


NACOGDOCHES – The Tarleton men’s cross country team finished eighth with 213 points in the 8k and the women’s team finished 12th with 331 points in the 6k at the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday morning at Pecan Acres Park.

The Texans season comes to an end with four men and five women finishing with personal bests in the conference meet in Nacogdoches.

Kevin Baez and Angel Contreras paced the men as they finished 35th and 36th respectively. Contreras crossed the finish line just six seconds behind Baez, running 24:45.6 as Baez had a time of 24:39.9. Contreras was just two seconds off a personal best of 24:43.2 in the 8k which he ran previously this season at the Texas A&M Invitational.

Freshman Jerryth Buckingham was the Texans third finisher, placing 48th with a time of 24:57.1. Angel Gomez came in 51st (24:59.5) and Dominick Vastlik followed suit right behind Gomez, coming in 52nd (25:04.4). Austin Flores (25:17.2) and Khristian Vastlik (25:17.5) finished within seconds of each other, with Flores placing 59th and Vastlik 60th. Ricky Tolentino rounded out the Texan finishers in 95th (26:56.2).

The 24:57.1 finish in the 8k was a personal best for Buckingham, and it came at an opportune time in the most important meet of the season for the Texans. Flores, Gomez and D. Vastlik also notched personal bests in the conference meet.

On the women’s side, freshman Morgan Lamberson was the top finisher coming in 63rd with a time of 23:04.4. She was followed by Kailey Sykora in 70th who notched a personal best (23:15.2), Vianney Sanchez in 74th (23:26.9) with a personal best, Sage Lancaster in 77th (23:35.8) with a personal best, Georgina Balderas in 89th (24:02.5) with a personal best, Aimee Landers-Wilburn in 92nd (24:17.2) with a personal best and Kaleigh Ellis in 99th (25:15.4).

California Baptist won the men and women’s titles. The full results can be found below.

2022 WAC Women’s Cross Country 6K Team Results

1.California Baptist24
2.Utah Valley49
3.NM State86
4.Southern Utah93
5.Grand Canyon147
6.Abilene Christian167
7.Stephen F. Austin215
8.Seattle U227
9.Utah Tech267
10.UT Arlington291
13.Sam Houston345

2022 WAC Men’s Cross Country 8K Team Results

1.California Baptist23
2.Southern Utah64
3.Utah Valley67
4.UT Arlington187
5.Stephen F. Austin193
6.Grand Canyon200
7.Sam Houston209
9.Abilene Christian214
10.Utah Tech259
11.NM State271
12.Seattle U282

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