Joshua McKinney

Bobcats complete Sun Belt Conference championship meet

Two Texas State runners found individual success Sunday in the Sun Belt Cross Country Championship at Mobile, Alabama.

Freshman Jose Angel Gonzalez finished 10th in the men’s competition. Kelly Trevino finished 12th in the women’s competition to earn All-Sun Belt Conference honors.

Gonzalez’s 10th-place finish is the highest during Texas State’s two seasons in the Sun Belt. Gonzalez is also the first Bobcat to make the men’s Sun Belt All-Conference team.

Gonzalez’s all-conference performance helped guide the men’s team to a sixth-place finish in the Sun Belt. This was an improvement over last year’s eighth-place showing. Junior Joseph Pena and sophomore Michael Grijalva finished in 24th and 25th to round out the rest of the team.

Cross country to compete in Sun Belt Conference Championship

The Texas State cross country team is ready to make a splash in the Sun Belt Conference championship meet, held Nov. 2 in Mobile, Alabama.

The men’s team finished eighth and the women’s team finished sixth, respectively, in last years meet. Runners on both teams say this year’s conference championship is where the Sun Belt will notice the Bobcats' potential.

“We’re really going to turn some heads,” sophomore Michael Grijalva said. “I’m hoping for a top three finish. I’m not going to set any limits for ourselves and what we can do.”

Beyond the Game: Michael Grijalva

Michael Grijalva wasn’t always a star runner. Four years ago, he primarily played basketball for El Dorado High School in El Paso.

He dreamed of playing basketball collegiately until his junior year, when he realized his hoops career wasn’t going to happen.

That led him to a sport that he always knew he could excel in: cross-country.

“I think I’ve always had a talent for running,” Grijalva said. “I wasn’t always running cross-country, but anytime we’d do anything with running in basketball, I was good, and I always felt like I was going to be good at it. (Basketball) kind of fell through, and I didn’t go through with it, so I started running.”

It seems his decision panned out for the best.

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