Putting In the Miles With Jason: Vol. 1, Issue 3

Hello Islander Fans,

Hills, mosquitos and hot weather made for the perfect combination at the men's and women's cross country teams as we competed in the 14th Islander Splash at West Guth Park both taking first place in front of our fans. We have been putting in hard work to make sure we stay fit and injury free throughout our season, and it is great to say that it is working, as both teams won the meet against teams like Houston and Rice. We are trying our best to not only better ourselves as runners, but also trying to put the Island University on the regional and national scene, as we proudly wear and represent Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.

The first to cross the finish line again for the Islanders was Philipp Baar who took third place, but not too far behind was the duo of Justin Adame and Paul Hansel. They came in fourth and fifth place, to have a trio of Islanders cross the line in style. Waving and smiling was me, as I trickled in eighth place to help the Islanders draw closer to the first place position, but we couldn't have done it without our freshmen Cesar Gonzalez who had a fantastic race and barely missed out on a top 10 finish, coming in 11th to help us get five Islanders in the top 15 positions leading us to a win in our home meet in front of our friends, parents and especially you guys, the Islanders fans!

We have three weeks to train for one of the biggest meets in Islanders history, as we head to Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana, where we will compete against the nation's best cross country programs and get the opportunity to show the nation what the Islanders are made out of. Both the men and the women are focused and some of the runners are in the best shape of their lives and are excited to show the Southland Conference and the rest of the nation the talents that we have. We have ran well over 1,000 miles since the summer time, and we will continue to tack on even more miles until we have completed our job, which is to bring a conference championship home.

While scrolling on Twitter I read that if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough. I completely agree with this, and I ask you to think about your dreams and maybe raise them higher if your dream doesn't scare you because being scared is what brings the excitement, the joy and the journey more memorable. If you have a Twitter and want to follow the famous Jason and get a more in depth interaction with the men's cross country team and myself you can find me @jsn_garcia. Because as Islanders we train hard, to win easy.

"You wouldn't believe it if we told you, but we run like the wind blows"

Jason