The Trinidad State Men's and Women's cross country teams will get their seasons off to a start this weekend at the Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa, at the Joe I. Vigil Open. The men's race will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the women will follow at 9:55. Both teams are looking to improve upon a great first year as a program, which saw both teams qualify to the NJCAA National Championships.
The women's team ran to a second place finish at the Region IX Championships, and a 27th place finish at Nationals. "We had a really young team," Coach Lauren Masterson explained. "We have all of those ladies back from last year, and have added a fantastic group of newcomers. We have had great training and look to make a big jump in our placing at the end of the year."
The men had a superb 2016 Cross Country season, garnering two All-American awards and a 20th place finish at nationals. Coach Masterson commented, "Our men's team has gotten a lot deeper and more talented in the off-season. If the guys train well for the next two months I think we have the ability to be one of the top teams in the country."
Both teams will compete against Division II NCAA competition on Saturday in Adams State University, New Mexico Highlands, and Georgia College. All of these teams have had success at the NCAA level, but coach Masterson is confident the Trojans will rise to the occasion. "I don't think our teams realize how good they can be this year. We will begin our season against top level competition, but we are top level competition ourselves. I'm confident we will get off to a great start and surprise some people."
Look for the Trojans to compete in Alamosa again on October 28 when they will host the Region IX Championships at the Cattails Golf Course.