Austin Granger

Cross country competes in first tri-meet of season

The Texas State men and women’s cross country team had their first meet of the season as they traveled to San Antonio to compete at the Alamo City Opener.

It was a three-team meet with Texas State, UTSA and Incarnate Word. Coach Bryan Jackson said he was very pleased with the performance.

The men’s team finished in first place and took home a victory.

“The team as a whole stood out," Jackson said. "To have all five guys finish within 27 seconds of each other on a 6k about 4 and a half mile is very strong for this time of the year. It shows the guys put in the work over the summer and it shows all the work they’ve put in over the last two weeks. We are at a good starting point for the year."

Get to Know: John Thompson

AG: What made you want to become a coach?

JT: My dad was a coach. I grew up just seeing it, living it. He coached everything—basketball, football, baseball and track. I knew I wanted to be from three or four years old.

AG: What would you be doing right now if you weren’t coaching football?

JT: That’s a good question. I’d be going crazy. I was an athletic director for one year at UCA (University of Central Arkansas), and I loved it, but I just love being around the players. Coaching is something you live. It’s a 24-hour, 365-day job.

AG: What is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had so far as a coach?

Get to Know: Tyler Jones

AG: Who is your favorite athlete? 

TJ: Michael Jordan. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Space Jam.

AG: What would your dream car be?

TJ: Ford F-150 pickup truck.

AG: Do you have any nicknames by friends, teammates or family?

TJ: Jonesy. That’s about it.

AG: Why did you choose Texas State?

TJ: There was a little history between the head coach and offensive coordinator here.

AG: If you had to choose another collegiate sport to play other than football, what would it be?

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