Patriot Preview: Cross Country Travels to Austin for Grass Routes

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The Dallas Baptist University Patriot Cross Country teams are traveling to Austin this weekend for the 2nd Annual Rogue Running/Grass Routes Run Festival. The Patriots will compete against a competitive field with NCAA D1 schools Texas, University of Houston, UTSA, Texas State, and Sam Houston State all slated to attend. Regional rival Angelo State is also in the field.

The Patriots have already raced the Bobcats from Texas State and the Rams from Angelo State. At the Baylor Bear Twilight (August 31st), both squads defeated Texas State, while the women were able to upset the 7th ranked Angelo State team.

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“I think this is going to be a very good meet for us in terms of competing head to head with several of these schools,” said Head Coach Jake Phillips. “At this point in the season, we’re really looking for a good test to see where we are before we enter the Championship segment of the season.”

“This is the ladies first 6k of the year, but all of the training we’ve done to this point has been geared to the 6k distance so they should be more than capable,” said Phillips.

The Lady Patriots will be racing most of their top runners – including two-time Heartland Conference Runner of the Week, Kelsey Bruce. Sophomore Hanna Rice will be resting this weekend, but will look to compete at the Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival in two weeks.

“The guys will be racing their second 8k on the season and so we’re really looking to see what kind of improvements they’ve made since our first 8k,” added Phillips.

The Patriots will race their top five runners and expect a lot from their young group.

“We know what Joshua Pauley and Jacob Phillips can do, but we’re really excited to see guys like Chris SpringerTrent Smith, and Joseph Hale race aggressively and get a true test over 8k,” said Phillips.

The races will start at 10:35AM with the Women’s 6k and be followed by the Men’s 8k at 11:15AM. The course is located at the Hancock Golf Course in Austin, Texas.