Knight, Abdalla finish top 10 as Texas cross-country competes at Cowboy Jamboree

Ethan Ferguson

The Texas cross-country team traveled this weekend to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to compete in the annual Cowboy Jamboree. 

Following substantial renovations to Oklahoma State’s course, the Longhorns were able to overcome fluctuating elevations and talented competition. 

In the men’s 8K, junior Haftu Knight finished first for the Longhorns in seventh place with a time of 23:54.20. 

Junior Yaseen Abdalla, who won the men’s 5K at the Tornado Watch Invitational earlier this month, finished in ninth place with a personal best time of 23:57.46, rounding off two top 10 finishes for the Longhorns. 

Other strong performances came from sophomore Rodger Rivera and junior Cruz Gomez, who finished 19th and 29th, respectively. 

In the women’s 6K, senior Beth Ramos was the first Longhorn to finish, placing 18th with a time of 21:39.39 in her first race of the season.

Freshman Eva Jess continues to draw eyes with an impressive start to her collegiate career, finishing 25th in the women’s 6K with a time of 22:01.95. Jess previously won the women’s 5K at the Tornado Watch Invitational prior. 

Junior Alexa Rodriguez finished not far behind Jess in 29th place with a time of 22:17.78. 

Texas cross-country will see more action later next week at the Concordia Classic in Pflugerville on Sept. 24.