Autumn Anderson

Women's golf shows improvement in Schooner Fall Classic

Improvements are already happening for the Texas State women’s golf team this season.

The Bobcats competed in the 3rd-annual Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma this past weekend and improved its placing from last year by seven places, finishing at ninth place overall. 

Playing against teams like Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Texas A&M was challenging for the Bobcats, but they still accomplished what they sought out to do. 

“We had to play really good to match up against these Big-12 teams,” said Coach Mike Akers. “In the first round we dug a hole, we placed fine but against this caliber of competition you have got to be flawless.”

Schneider becoming a key cog for the cross country team

From running on the hard concrete of the big city to the soft grass of the hill country, freshman cross country runner Devina Schneider is already proving to be someone to keep an eye on.

Schneider was born in Georgetown, Texas and grew up in Houston. Making the switch from a small town to a big city may have been an adjustment for Schneider, but she seems to have found her niche now that she’s attending Texas State.

Coming to a school nearly three hours away with over 35,000 students can be intimidating, but Schneider is leaning on her team and her training regimen to keep her steady.

“It’s good to have a routine and something that’s stable with college life,” Schneider said. “It’s nice having a group to begin college with.”

Confident women's golf team begins season at Schooner Fall Classic tournament

Experience is key coming into the first tournament of the year for the Texas State women’s golf team.

The Bobcats have only had a few weeks to prepare for the annual Schooner Fall Classic tournament against Oklahoma, but that won't stop them from competing at a high level according to Coach Mike Akers.

“The team has been working very hard every week to prepare,” Akers said. “There’s some new players and we’re kind of getting to know them, but I think we’re ready to go.”

The course in Oklahoma isn’t anything new to the team, as only one player hasn’t seen it before. The Bobcats are planning on using their knowledge and experience from past tournaments in Oklahoma to finish in a higher place than last season.

Cross Country works as a collective unit to complete Rice Invitational

Turning words into actions is what the Texas State ross country team did Friday night at the 40th annual Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas.
Coach Giles McDonnell has been preaching teamwork all week. When the race came around they did just that, worked off of each other to improve.
"They ran better than they would've as individuals," McDonnell said.
On the men's side freshman Joseph Meade, sophomore Logan Pittdman, junior Alec Saucedo and sophomore Jordan Janer all stayed together throughout the race.

Cross country focusing on bigger picture for Rice Invitational

Texas State cross country isn’t looking to just run a race Friday. The team is looking to better itself as a whole.

Texas State is ready to compete Friday night at the 40th annual Rice Invitational. The race will be held in Houston, Texas at the Rice Intramural Fields, beginning at 6:45 p.m. for the men’s side and 6:15 p.m. for the women’s side.

The Bobcats are not worried about times or placement—it’s all about teamwork.

“We are just very interested in making sure that we work together really well as a team,” said Coach Giles McDonnell. “Time and place isn't really something they're looking at. Of course we’d like to win the meet, but right now we’re just going to work on some strategic things.”

Cross Country went 'neck and neck' with Longhorns at Texas Invitational

The Texas State cross country competed as best as they could Friday night against the Longhorns. 

Although Texas is ranked second in the South Central region in the USTFCCCA Preseason Regional Rankings, Texas State still held their own out there. Coach Giles McDonnell said the course was challenging -- to say the least.

“I think they see a good team like Texas and see that they did pretty well against them," McDonnell said. "The numbers don’t tell the whole story. We kind of went neck and neck with them and it wasn't until the end when Texas started to pull away.”

New coach, no problem: Cross country begins season at Texas Invitational

The Texas State cross country team went through what some may call an unfortunate event this summer.

Bryan Jackson, the team’s head coach for the past four seasons, left Texas State to accept a job in Pittsburgh. Jackson’s departure happened less than two weeks before the Bobcats’ first meet of the season.

Giles McDonnell stepped up to replace Jackson.

New coach? No problem for the Texas State cross-country team.

“It’s difficult when you lose a coach basically a week before the season starts,” McDonnell said. “The way they’ve handled it is pretty impressive.”

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