(MENA) Four members of the Bucks Cross Country team will be returning for the team’s second year of competition in the NJCAA and are looking to bring home their second Division I Region 2 Championship trophy. They will be joining 11 team members who are joining the Bucks from across Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico.
Athletic Director Morris Boydstun has released the Bucks Cross Country Schedule, which is available online at UARichMountain.edu. Boydstun also said that a new BucksAthletics.com site is under construction and will be launched in the coming weeks.
Head Cross Country Coach Samantha Shores said she is incredibly proud of the caliber of the team both on and off the course. Three members of the Bucks Cross Country inaugural team of 2018 were recognized as Scholar All Americans by the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The Scholar All Americans were Alisa Kimble, Miriam Mendez, and Marlenne Mendez.
Now in her second year of coaching Bucks Cross Country, Shores has her sights set on Nationals, “I am looking forward to competing as a team, that means the ability to medal in meets and/or win meets. We will place as a team as well as individuals. We plan to win a second Region championship. The goal moving forward is to place in at least the top 20 at Nationals.”
Shores is looking forward to debuting her team during the Meet the Bucks Night on August 15 at Bearcat Stadium. Tailgating begins at 5:30 p.m. and both the cross country and soccer teams are looking forward to meeting Buck fans from throughout the community. “I’m not sure people understand the positive impact the tremendous community support Bucks Athletics has received has on our student-athletes. That kind of energy is felt and only helps to motivate these already motivated runners,” said Shores.
Businesses also have an opportunity to get involved during Paint the Town Red starting August 12, leading up to Meet the Bucks Night. “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of community support, particularly businesses, eager to show their Buck Pride so we’ve built a campaign where they can do just that,” said LeAnn Dilbeck, Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Business Outreach. “The community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites via social media and we’ll have prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.”
Nine men and six women will make up the 2019 Bucks Cross Country team. “Our women’s team is smaller, but should be very strong and competitive,” said Coach Shores. “Our men’s team is grouped very tightly on times and should score low points at meets. They are definitely a team to watch this year.”