The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin Chen June 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

A&M Cross Country gears up for Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

The Texas A&M cross country team ventures to Madison, Wisconsin to compete in the sixth-annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Friday morning. In the past five years, the competition has established itself as one of the nation’s premier collegiate meets. The men will race 8,000 meters, and the women will run 6,000 meters on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
Head coach Wendel McRaven said he expects Friday’s meet will come with some very high-caliber competition.
“Well, this is pretty much the best regular season meet in the country,” said McRaven. “The last two years have been arguably the best cross country meets in the history of the sport. I think last year there was 20 and 21 nationally ranked teams respectively in each gender. It’s a heck of a meet.”
The Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course was opened in 2009. The Aggies are regular competitors in the meet and several of the runners have raced the course in previous years. However, McRaven does not anticipate any kind of advantage over the competition.
“Probably seven out of ten on the men’s side traveled to race here last year,” McRaven said. “On the women’s side probably about five of the nine traveling with us ran on the course last year. We might have a little bit of advantage mentally, but everybody still has to get out there and race. Every team is in the same boat. There are other teams that have been on the course before. It’s a really fair course so I don’t think it’ll make much of a difference.”
Last week the Aggies led the Houston Baptist Invitational, claiming a men’s team title and the women coming in second. Coming off a big win, McRaven said the Aggies can’t relax and there’s still room for improvement.
“On the men’s side I want to see the guys do a better job of running together and finding each other early in the race so they can work together and help each other out a little bit,” McRaven said. “On the women’s side, our first three women do a really good job of that. What I really want to see happening is our three, four, five and six place runners really working together, racing intelligently, and building up the race. This is a meet where that’s going to be a challenge. It’s something that they’re going to have to work on.”
McRaven looks towards the veterans to lead the running core against Friday’s elite competition.
“They continue to show great leadership,” McRaven said. “On the men’s side Isaac Spencer, Colin Slattery, and Ryan Miller are all great leaders by example. They aren’t afraid to talk to the team and make sure people are doing things the right way. On the women’s side Hillary Montgomery and Grace Fletcher lead in slightly different ways but both are really good leaders. Hillary is not afraid to talk. Grace is more of a leader by example.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *