SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The No. 3 ranked Texan and No. 4 ranked Lady Texan cross country teams are on their way to the NJCAA Cross Country championships to be held Saturday, November 13 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Both teams are seeking a national title, something the women last accomplished in 2006 and the men back in 1997.
The Lady Texans will look to freshmanNatoya Goule and sophomores Lisa Forsberg and Kadian Dunkley to lead the way for Tiffany Matthews, Kirsten Taylor, and Leeann Cardona. Forsberg and Dunkley were on last years team that finished third at the championship meet in Peoria, Illinois.
Freshman Kemoy Campbell has been the go-to guy for the Texans all year, and may be in the hunt for an individual title. The Texans will also need strong performances from David Westbury, Roblet Muhudin, Joey Villarreal, Isacc Placencia, and Jonathan Lira if they hope to upset the field and claim the team championship.
The competition will take place at Milliken Research Park and will feature more than 600 men's and women's competitors representing more than 50 NJCAA institutions from around the country. The women's 5,000-meter race is slated for 10 a.m. The men will run at 11 a.m.
The Texans and Lady Texans will be in for a treat on Friday night when they attend the championship banquet, featuring keynote speaker Jim Ryun. Ryun is a three-time Olympian for the United States and former Kansas congressman who was the first high school athlete to break the 4-minute mile.