COMMERCE — Facing its toughest competition of the fall, the Jacksonville College Jaguar cross country team took third place in the team standings at the Texas A&M Commerce-East Texas Shootout on Saturday.
A&M Commerce won the men's division with 36 points, next was Dallas Baptist (38) and JC (99).
Six schools competed in the meet, with University of Arkansas Rich Mountain being the only other junior college unit entered.
Antonio Chavez, a sophomore, set a personal record in leading the Jags to the finish line. He finished in ninth place and completed the course in a time of 26:53.31.
Isiah Garzon ran in 16th place (27:40.97) with Grant Attaway and Randy Canady coming in 30th (29:34.66) and 31st (29:46.90) respectively.
Josh Franklin (34th, 29:59.89) was the fifth Jag to cross the finish line.
Other JC men that competed included Wesley Rogers (38th), Cristian Garzon (44th), Sean O'Connell (45th), Trevor Turner (51st) and Jose Garza (52nd).
“Grant Attaway stepped up and was third man today after being fourth man last week and Cristian Garzon jumped up to seventh man today after being ninth man last week,” JC head cross country coach Kirby Shepherd said. “Great performances from top to bottom.”
Shepherd mentioned that Saturday was the first time that several of his men had ran in an 8K race.
New Summerfield-ex Karen Torres was the first of four Lady Jaguars to cross the finish line. She was clocked in 22:07.50 and wound up in 23rd place.
Laura Luna (26th, 22:40.10), Brandy Guerrero (40th, 25:42.80) and Cristal Castillo (42nd, 25:59.70) completed the order of finish for the JC ladies.
“All four girls ran their best times of the season,” Shepherd said. “They battled with the bigger schools and ran super tough.
“The girls were nervous going into the race because of the competition. Even though they were feeling nerves, they ran even better than I predicted. I am so proud of them. If they continue improving like they are, there could be a few that break the school record.”