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It was already a beautiful day: sunny, 70 degrees and a cool breeze after days of thunderstorms. College Station almost could have been nice. Except that it’s College Station. 

On Sunday, Texas’ intramural flag football champions trekked to College Station for the second annual Lone Star Intramural Showdown, a matchup of the two rivals’ intramural powerhouses. As the two schools’ flag football teams faced off, it was clear this was far more than just another game of intramural football.

The Longhorns repped black Nike Dri-FIT shirts, bold burnt orange “WE’RE TEXAS” running across the shirts above a Longhorn decal. Their Aggie counterparts donned various maroon shirts, white writing bearing some indication of their own identities: Texas A&M, the Aggies. The 120-year-old rivalry still holds much clout. The intramural showdown captured that energy. If only SEC officials were there to see.

Following Texas’ 28-7 drubbing of Oklahoma State and subsequent ascent to bowl eligibility, rumors surfaced that Texas and Texas A&M might face each other in a Big 12-SEC bowl matchup, sending fans abuzz with excitement. But soon after, reports said the SEC shut it down. Chip Brown of Scout’s HornsDigest reported that the SEC officials said it’d be bad for recruiting.

According to Brown, two sources told HornsDigest.com that SEC officials will not arrange a Texas-Texas A&M bowl game should the opportunity arise. Although the conference places its teams in six of the postseason matchups, it appears not to focus on rivalry benefits or fan excitement. Instead, recruiting remains its main concern.

Mark Womack, SEC’s executive associate commissioner, said the conference hasn’t made a decision either way.

“It’s way too early at this point to start looking at what potential matchup in games could be,” FoxSports reported Womack saying in Wednesday’s SEC conference call. “The first thing we have to do is determine what is the pool of teams we have available after the College Football Playoff bowl games are filled. … It’s way too early to start talking about particular matchups and particular games.”

But other reports say the SEC won’t risk A&M’s recruiting pipeline by pitting it against a Texas team that has the potential to win. Texas officials, too, have shown scattered disinterest in playing the Aggies since A&M left for the SEC in 2012. But it’s time for the rivalry to resurface.

Texas abounds with traditions, many of which link directly to the rival Aggies. Monday night’s pre-Thanksgiving Hex Rally was initiated in 1941 to hex the College Station opponents, and the Texas fight song explicitly says, “goodbye to A&M.” Texas has maintained many of its traditions even without the rivalry. But it’s not the same, and a bowl-game rivalry would bring much of the excitement back to the Lone Star State’s athletics.

Sure, a UT-A&M bowl game matchup may have recruiting implications. But it’s just a single game, post-season, that might not even feature new play. College football hooks fans because of its school spirit and amateurism — what should be the last vestige of non-commercialized competitive sport. 

And it’s time for the bowl game to revive the controversy and readdress which Texas public university truly dominates the college football landscape. Neither school is ranked nor playoff-eligible, and neither is even the best in Texas, thanks to Baylor and TCU.

During Sunday’s Lone Star Intramural Showdown, Kyle Field towered over the intramural turfs. Its prestige seems almost ironic as Texas’ coed and men’s squads executed 24-0 and 27-0 shutouts, respectively. Leaving the field, Longhorn competitors chanted the fight song and pronounced “goodbye to A&M” with extra clarity. A white decal on the maroon stadium sign visible from the turf said “Welcome to Aggieland, Home of the 12th man.”    

Aggieland, it appears, is ready to welcome home the Longhorns. Texas players are ready to meet their longtime foe. And the SEC should let the opportunity happen. 

Photo Credit: Daulton Venglar | Daily Texan Staff

The women’s soccer season came to a close Friday with a 2-1 loss to No. 12 Notre Dame in College Station.

Texas fought hard against one of the best teams in the country, but an 85th-minute score by Notre Dame forward Karin Muya broke the stalemate and sent the Fighting Irish to a third-round match against Texas A&M on Sunday. 

“Credit to Notre Dame, there was execution at the end, and that was what it was going to take,” head coach Angela Kelly said. “It was a battle. Our midfield battled with one of the top midfields in the country.”

Things looked promising for the Longhorns early on, as the Texas backline, which has been solid all season, continued its tough play Friday. The defenders stifled the Irish set pieces, and a sliding clearance by senior defender Julie Arnold kept the Irish off the board for much of the first half.

A goal by junior midfielder Lindsey Meyer just after the 19-minute mark gave the Longhorns an early advantage. Senior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle floated a pass from the left corner that sailed to the far post in position for the 5-foot-9 Meyer to nod a shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

The Longhorn defense looked like it would hold the Irish scoreless for the rest of the first half, but Muya’s 42nd-minute cross found Notre Dame forward Anna Gilbertson, who whipped in a shot from 9 yards out to knot the game up just before halftime.

The second half looked like it would remain deadlocked, as the Irish did not manage a second-half shot until the 63rd minute. 

Then Muya, the Notre Dame freshman phenom, struck again. A long floater from the left boundary sailed over the Texas defense and fell right at Muya’s feet. She fired a shot that squeezed just inside the left post to break the deadlock with five minutes to go in regulation.

Ensuing Texas attempts to equalize sailed wide, and the roller coaster 2014 season ended with the Irish taking away a 2-1 comeback win.

The loss was the last match for some of the Longhorns’ most important contributors on the season. The backline will graduate starters Arnold and senior defenders Brooke Gilbert and Whitney Jaynes. Midfield stalwart Lachappelle will graduate, too.

“I’m really proud of our senior class and the strides that this program has made in the short time we’ve been here,” Kelly said. “We are going to use this as a platform to
go forward.”

Horns Down: Texas' poverty-by-county numbers too high.

An interactive feature published in the Texas Tribune on Tuesday highlights the number of children in poverty in each state county, as well as the total number of unemployed. Despite the growth in the Texas economy, child poverty rates in our state have continued to rise, according to a report by the liberal think tank Center for Public Policy Priorities. Though Travis County ranks low on the list (No. 142), the feature is worth checking out for any Texas citizen. It draws attention to some alarmingly high figures, such as the 48 percent child poverty rate in Hidalgo county, which is one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. and home to the University of Texas-Pan American. Though we hope drawing awareness to such issues can help reduce the number of children around us who suffer from the brutal realities of poverty every day, we are disappointed that almost 10 percent of Texas counties have child poverty rates of 30 percent or higher.

Horns Up: Rainfall benefits Bastrop trees.

As the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday, it’s tree planting season in the wildfire-ravaged Bastrop County, and volunteers are pouring in from across the country to help replant trees in an area destroyed by the 2011 fires. If the volunteers, led by local Austin nonprofit TreeFolks, Bastrop State Park and the Texas A&M Forest Service, meet their goal, they will plant more than 1.5 million trees in Bastrop this winter. Last year, a similar effort had little success: Most of the seedlings planted died from lack of water. But heavy October rains this year have made volunteers enthusiastic. Knowing that, it’s easier to take the recent rain in stride.

Horns Down: Austin behind College Station in higher ed rankings.

According to data from the Houston Chronicle, 45.4 percent of Austin residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the second highest out of all the cities in Texas. Though the percentage of residents who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in Austin surpasses the percentage in the United States as a whole, which comes in at 29.1 percent, Austin ranks behind College Station, which comes in at 57.3 percent. While this statistic is likely a result of Austin’s larger population, and therefore our city’s greater overall diversity, it would be a lie to say that we’re not a little disappointed to fall behind College Station. It just always feels a little better when we beat the Aggies.

 University Towers, the West Campus apartment complex where the alleged bleach bomb attack on UT student Bryan Davis took place

Photo Credit: Charlie Pearce | Daily Texan Staff

The reported “bleach bomb” attack on student Bryan Davis that occurred on Aug. 22 is one chapter in our campus’ long narrative of violence against people of color. Last Wednesday, thousands of new students attended their first day of undergraduate classes. Some, like me, grew up in a predominantly homogeneous, alienating city (In my case, College Station) and made the exodus to Austin hoping that its mythic status as a “blue dot in a sea of red” would provide a more accepting, engaging space. Much of this is folly. Here are three things you should know about your University: 

1) UT is not a color-blind, post-racial, or anti-racist oasis.

The university as an institution has always been America’s laboratory of the multicultural project. Our University is no different in its attempts to foster a more “inclusive” environment. There are constant forums, events and presentations dedicated to crafting solidarities, educating students and creating a plural environment. However, these initiatives are lacking as an ameliorative policy. Although The Daily Texan’s coverage of the incident has explained the confusion surrounding whether the attack on Davis was racially motivated, most people of color with experiential knowledge of our University will attest to experiencing either implicit or explicit racism. As a member of a South Asian-Interest fraternity and a student in the African Diaspora studies department, I am able to interact with a multitude of communities on the subject of race and racism. You shouldn’t be surprised if you feel ostracized by the pervasive culture of privilege. The Bryan Davis incident is not isolated; he just chose to report it.

2) West Campus is kind of scary sometimes. 

During the day, the neighborhood is a picturesque cloistered college town. At night, as the drinks get poured, the area becomes raucous. This is when and where assaults of all sorts are made. Student Government President Horacio Villarreal released a tactful statement concerning the attack, in which he made the claim that “our campus has become increasingly inclusive since I first stepped onto the 40 Acres.” I appreciate Villarreal’s comments, but I disagree that our school has become holistically more inclusive in the past four years. As The Daily Texan pointed out last month, West Campus is becoming increasingly insulated. Skyrocketing property prices don’t just “strain” students; they filter the students who can afford West Campus’ convenient location and amenities from those who cannot. As a result, the student body is becoming compartmentalized. West Campus, which is home to a saturnalia of Greek houses, is also arguably  home to the majority of attacks on students of color. Some strides have been made but Greek institutions of all types need to continue to stamp out racism. 

3)There’s reason to be optimistic. 

Despite our University’s chronic problems dealing with race, I am optimistic that the hate and bigotry will be reconciled. There are great organizations all over campus and I am sure you will find your niche — perhaps many. If you ever encounter an attack, racially motivated, verbal, physical, whatever it may be, do what Davis did and have the courage to talk about it. You have allies here.

Venkatraj is a government senior from College Station.

Junior pitcher Blaire Luna hurls a pitch towards home plate in a recent home game against Oklahoma State. Luna is 16-3 this season, including 14 complete games. She also leads the Longhorns with 185 strikeouts and owns a 2.06 ERA in 25 total appearances in 2012.

Photo Credit: Raveena Bhalara | Daily Texan Staff

The Longhorns start their last stand against their longtime rival Texas A&M tonight in College Station this weekend.

The State Farm Lone Star Showdown, as it has been called for the past eight years, is all the athletic competitions between the two rivals. Currently A&M leads the overall series 19-18 in softball, with both teams sporting winning records on their respective home fields. In five of the past seven Lone Star Showdowns, the Longhorns have won the trophy and expect to do the same this weekend. Texas is ahead in this year’s showdown standings 9.0-4.0. The team that wins the series gets one point and the team that gets to 10 points wins the showdown.

Coming into tonight’s game, the Aggies are 31-14 overall with a 11-6 record in the Big 12. As a team they are batting .280 with a staff ERA of 2.51. The leader on the mound for Texas A&M is Mel Dumezich, who is 22-10 on the season. She holds a 1.98 ERA with 23 complete games. In her 211 and 1/3 innings pitched, she has tallied 244 strikeouts while giving up 60 earned runs.

The Longhorns, currently ranked No. 7 in the country, just finished a strong weekend against Oklahoma State. They won the series, taking two games out of three, proving their strength in the conference. Texas goes into the series sixth in the nation in batting average (.338) and look to continue its hot hitting against the Aggies.

Blaire Luna currently leads the Longhorns on the mound and is expected to make at least one appearance in this weekend’s series. After a little trouble against Baylor, the junior came back with a strong game against Oklahoma State, where she muscled through to get the win.

“I really liked what I saw from Blaire. She’s been a work-in-progress over the last few weeks,” said Connie Clark, head coach. “Really, each of her last five outings has been a little bit better, in one regard or the other. Today, she had pretty solid command. She was very much pitch-to-pitch and very confident.”

That is exactly what is expected of her this weekend, too. As a leader without the captain title, she brings a force to the team that some can’t. While shutting out the opposing team’s offense, she brings confidence to the team.

As the Longhorns get ready for their last showdown with their longtime rival, the series between them and the Aggies will always be remembered. The overall record of the series shows how well played all the games have been, and no matter what team comes out on top this weekend, both respect and admire the other for its competitive abilities and strong play.

Printed on Thursday, April 26, 2012 as: Horns make final trip to College Station to face Aggies

Review

Junior Aeriel Ellis stretches to return the ball with her back hand. Ellis dropped her match against the No. 80 player in the country, Nazari Urbina, in two quick sets on Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Howeth | Daily Texan Staff

It was a calm and cool Tuesday night, but the Longhorns met a storm they couldn’t weather.

In their third match in the last four days, the Longhorns emerged from a battle in College Station with a 4-3 defeat to Texas A&M. After dropping the doubles point, the women flashed their trademark resiliency but just fell short of the victory.

Powerhouses Krista Damico and Aeriel Ellis fought hard but both eventually lost in straight sets to top tier opponents. Damico’s loss came at the hands of the No. 8 player in the country, while Ellis was defeated by the No. 80 ranked player. Even though Damico and Ellis have been streaky recently, a loss here or there is little cause for concern with these two.

The bottom of the Longhorn’s lineup continued its brilliant play, as the three wins for the team came from the fourth, fifth and sixth singles spots. The women might have lost the match, but impressive play from this half of the lineup bodes well for the team as the Big 12 Championships approach.

Sophomore Elizabeth Begley continued to earn her title as the backbone of the team, winning her match in straight sets to push her record to 13-1, including a perfect 7-0 record in conference play. Freshman Lina Padegimaite also earned a win in straight sets, pushing her win total to 13 as well.

Recently named Big 12 player of the week, Cierra Gaytan-Leach continued her gritty play by winning a tough match. Although she won in straight sets, she fought back from a deficit for the third match in a row to preserve some dignity for her team.

After two straight matches with top 25 competition, a loss to the No. 20 Aggies should be nothing for the Longhorns to hang their heads about. At 6-1, they still sit at the top of the conference.

Despite this first blemish on their conference record, the women still have a lot of things to be excited about heading into this weekend’s matches with Big 12 foes Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and head coach Patty Fendick-McCain isn’t worried moving forward.

“Aeriel [Ellis] mounted a charge at the end there. Obviously, she’s fighting hard. It’s a little disappointing with the doubles, that’s where the match was won and lost as it turns out, and we didn’t play particularly well at a couple positions there. We’ll figure it out by the time we hit the [Big 12] tournament. We’ve got a lot more tennis to play,” she said. “We’ve got two more matches coming up, and that’s going to determine the conference champion. We’ll be ready to go.”

Printed on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 as: Texas drops close contest to Aggies

Senior Krista Damico helped Texas get past Texas Tech by winning her singles match in straight sets. The Longhorns are 6-0 against Big 12 foes and will try to improve to 7-0 when they face Texas A&M Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Lingnan Chen | Daily Texan Staff

Following a pair of impressive conference wins, the Longhorns are ready to face off with an old rival.

The team is 6-0 in Big 12 play and ranked No. 13 in the country. Victories over the likes of top 25 teams such as Baylor and Texas Tech proved that these accolades are no fluke.

“Texas Tech came in undefeated in conference play this year and has been playing some great tennis with some very scrappy players,” said head coach Patty Fendick-McCain. “It is just a really good win to get at home.”

Sophomore Elizabeth Begley has emerged as of late, becoming a kind of backbone for the women. She currently holds an undefeated conference record and a 12-1 record overall after two wins last weekend.

“Elizabeth Begley was terrific out there [against Tech],” Fendick-McCain said.

Cierra Gaytan-Leach has earned numerous victories in doubles play this year, but her nail-biting victories in the last few matches have earned her attention for her singles play as well. She fought back from a third set deficit to clinch the match point for the team against Baylor and proceeded to do the same against Texas Tech the next day.

“I went down 3-0 and was kind of moping around a little bit and trying to keep my head up, but I told myself, ‘Okay, I know it is coming down to me and I have to do it for Texas,’” Gaytan-Leach said. “I stepped it up and everything went my way.”

Gaytan-Leach’s resolve did not go unnoticed.

“You could see the determination in her eyes when she came back out for the third set,” Fendick-McCain said. “I felt good about it. I just kind of sat back and enjoyed the third set because I felt really good about it.”

Veterans Krista Damico and Aeriel Ellis have buoyed the team’s charge all season long and not much more can be said about their impact. However, the bottom of the Longhorn’s lineup is filled with newcomers who are performing at a level impossible to miss.

“Lina [Padegimaite], Elizabeth [Begley] and Cierra [Gaytan-Leach] have been playing so great at four, five and six [singles],” Fendick-McCain said. “I thought those three matches were going to be over with pretty quickly today [against Baylor] because they’ve all been playing well.”

Padegimaite, a freshman for the Longhorns, currently holds 12 singles wins this year, putting her near the top on this solid team. But her doubles play may be the most impressive feat of her first season, as she and fellow freshman Noel Scott are ranked No. 42 in the country as a duo.

“They’ve worked so hard in the last couple of weeks to really get back on form, because they’ve struggled, but I thought it was great to see them clinch the point [against Baylor],” Fendick-McCain said. “That couldn’t have been better. It was awesome.”

With all of this momentum, the women will head to College Station for a battle with the Aggies.

Printed on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 as: Longhorns look to stay perfect against conference competition

Women's Track & Field

At the Big 12 Championships this weekend, senior sprinter Kendra Chambers will compete in the 600-yard even though she specializes in the 400-yard. (Daily Texan file photo)

Photo Credit: Corey Leamon | Daily Texan Staff

The Daily Texan with senior sprinter Kendra Chambers. Chambers is the 2011 Big 12 indoor 600 yard champion and hopes to lead the Longhorns to a Big 12 Championship this weekend at College Station.

Q: What is the team’s collective goal going into the Big 12 Indoor Championship?
A: As a team we’re trying to get, of course, national qualifying marks — but not only that. We’re also focusing on coming together as a team, and the Big 12 is going to be the first real challenging test of that. It’s our pre-test before Nationals. So I think if we succeed this weekend, it will definitely help us tell the story of how we’re going to become National Champions.

Q: You talk about coming together as a team. Texas has had consistently improving individual performances, but as a team it has also consistently declined in the national rankings. What do you feel that Texas needs to do to reverse this trend and do you think that the Big 12 Championship is the perfect time to do it?
A:
The Big 12 Championship is the first time we actually get to be a real team because we need the points to win. As individual athletes, we feel the pressure now. [In a] normal meet we want to qualify for nationals; this meet you get your individual points so we can win as a team. The times will just come. And our rankings will just come. Numbers will come. But I think as soon as we actually decide to get the 10 points, get the eight points, the six points — even the one point for eighth place — I think once we do that and come together, we’ll be successful in the Big 12 Championship.

Q: What is your main personal goal for this Conference Championship?
A:
The Big 12 [Championship] is different for me. Since I’m the returning Big 12 Indoor Champion for the 600-yard, I’m going to compete in the event again. You know for me, I’m a 400-meter runner. I’d rather compete in [the 400-meter dash] but, like I said before, since we’re coming as a team I’m willing to sacrifice so we can get the 10 points, or the eight points, or what have you. Personally, I’m just looking forward to going ahead and winning the 600-yard again and getting the 10 points for the team so we can be the Big 12 Champions. I’d like to, of course, better my time. I ran 1:19 last year, which won first place, so hopefully I can break Suziann Reid’s [indoor 600-yard] record.

Q: So do you consider running the 600-yard and not the 400-meter to be a sacrifice?
A:
Exactly. And Coach Bev knows that. After this meet [I’m] going to head into the Last Chance meet and qualify [in the 400-meter] there. It’s a little bit of a risk but I’m definitely willing to do it knowing that I can get 10 points and to help the team win the Big 12.

Q: Out of all the athletes who are really excelling this season, you are one of the oldest. Being more experienced and after winning a Big 12 Championship title last year, do you feel more individual pressure than you have in the past?
A:
Yes. This year, I’m technically a junior indoor and a sophomore outdoor. I definitely feel the pressure; it would be nice to set an example for the younger [freshmen] and sophomores by getting those 10 points and winning first place. I do feel a pressure because I am returning champion but, nonetheless, more importantly, I look at it as trying to get the points for the team. I’m trying to set an example so we can set off a wildfire in College Station. 

Q. Throughout the season, would you say that most athletes put more focus on their individual performance or performing as part of one team?
A.
People have to put emphasis on their individual competition. But the way I look at it is: if I can’t help my team individually, then I’m not getting points for them. So, to be out there everyday at practice individually working is important because once you get to the meet, we need the points [that are won by individual athletes]…and then those comes together collectively. It’s a system. It works. You have to be individually sound to help the team.

Q: Out of all the athletes who are really excelling this season, you are one of the oldest. Being more experienced and after winning a Big 12 Championship title last year, do you feel more individual pressure than you have in the past?
A:
Yes. This year, I’m technically a junior indoor and a sophomore outdoor. I definitely feel the pressure; it would be nice to set an example for the younger [freshmen] and sophomores by getting those 10 points and winning first place. I do feel a pressure because I am returning champion but, nonetheless, more importantly, I look at it as trying to get the points for the team. I’m trying to set an example so we can set off a wildfire in College Station.

Printed on Friday, February 24, 2012 as: Chambers takes a risk with 600-yard run

Women's Track & Field

As the Longhorns head to College Station this weekend for the Big 12 Championships, the meet is more than just another conference championship. This is the last time the team will face Texas A&M in conference play. The Longhorns are determined to send the Aggies off to the SEC with a bitter taste in their mouths.

“It’s [going to be] hand-to-hand combat ... the Big 12 conference belongs to the University of Texas,” head coach Beverly Kearney said.

Sporting a record of 19 out of 30 conference UT team titles, Kearney has declared conference war. Armed with some of the nation’s most dangerous athletes, she will lead her team into College Station this weekend to compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championships.

In the latest national poll, five Big 12 women’s teams rank in the top 15: No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 7 Kansas, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 13 Iowa State.

However, as the Longhorns have continued to improve in their individual performances throughout the season, Coach “Bev” and the team consider national ranks to be irrelevant going into the Big 12 Championships.

“I don’t pay attention to national ranking,” Kearney said. “The main thing I’m focusing on is moving my team forward each week, and every week we’ve gotten better. We can’t control what happens nationally. We’re going in [to College Station] to go after that conference championship because we’ve got A&M at their last indoor conference championship at A&M ... it’s going to be a battle.”

As a conference-parting gift, Texas is on a mission to buck Texas A&M off its high horse and out of the top of the national ranking. And winning the last Big 12 Championships held in Aggieland would be icing on the farewell cake.

Unlike any other meet during the season, the Big 12 Indoor Championships requires individuals to win points for their respective teams by placing in the top 8, with first place earning a team the maximum 10 points, down to eighth place which adds one point to a team’s cumulative score.

“Conference is always about the team ... period. [This is] that one meet in the year when it’s not about you,” Kearney said.

Kearney, a 15-time Conference Coach of the Year at Texas, has mapped out the meet’s roster with a strategy guided by a this-team-comes-first mentality. Some Longhorn athletes will even sacrifice the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships in certain races this weekend and instead compete in the events in which they are confident they can rack up the most points for the team.

Texas’ three returning indoor conference titleholders — 600-yard champion Kendra Chambers, 1,000-meter winner Marielle Hall and last year’s Big 12 high jump victor Shanay Briscoe — are prepared to promote the selflessness they know is crucial to securing a win in College Station.

“At the end of the day it’s going to be more exciting if we get a team title than if I improve a couple of seconds,” said Hall, a New Jersey native. “I’ve never been to A&M and I’m from out-of-state so the tradition of the rivalry [at the Big 12 Championships] — especially being at A&M for the last time — will be interesting [to experience].”

Chambers, a junior indoors, is looking forward to earning points for her team with a repeat 600-yard victory as well as with a first place in the 4x400-meter relay. However, she is determined to clench more than wins in her events — she wants tangible proof that Texas is the best in the Big 12.

“[The Big 12 Championships] is the first time we get to come together as a team and win something collectively,” Chambers said. “It’s a big deal because [we’re competing] at A&M for the last time. It’s for [the] conference and we want to be able to show Texas pride and come back to Austin with something ... like a trophy.”

The Longhorns aim to send them off without a conference championship.

Printed on Friday, February 24, 2012 as: A&M rivalry inspires team even further to win meet

Women's Track Preview

Texas has won every meet it has competed in so far this season and will be taking some momentum and confidence into the Big 12 Cross Country Championships this weekend in College Station. The 6,000-meter race will begin at 11 a.m. at Pebble Creek Country Club.

Texas Tech will be trying to take the title for a fourth year in a row but will have an uphill battle. The Red Raiders are currently unranked behind three teams in the conference.

Texas leads the pack as No. 11, followed immediately by Iowa State at No. 12. Oklahoma State comes in at No. 30.

Texas has won every meet so far this year, some by a wide point margin. The Longhorns have a good chance to knock Texas Tech and will be trying to get their first conference championship since 1989. With the Regional Championships in mid-November and the National Championships nine days later, a strong showing this weekend could continue Texas’ momentum and give it more confidence heading into the end of the season.