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A senior's last stand

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SAN ANTONIO — A journey is defined as a process or course likened to traveling.

What began in 2008 with a freshman from the Metroplex suburb of Frisco, one only knows if this passage will have a championship ending, but it won’t be because of a lack of effort from senior Cole Reveal.

Reveal, along with fellow seniors Albert Cardenas and Brandon Chiuminetta, have helped vault the Roadrunners to the upper echelon of the Southland Conference during the last four seasons. After finishing sixth three years ago, Reveal has helped UTSA to back-to-back third-place finishes coming into Monday’s Southland Conference Championships in Nacogodoches.

He has had a solid final season, winning the Ricardo Romo/Six Flags Fiesta Texas/H-E-B Classic to go along with a third-place finish at last month’s Southland Pre-Conference, which was contested on the same course the Roadrunners will tackle on Halloween, Piney Woods Country Club.

Reveal said he and his teammates are heading to East Texas with one goal and that’s to come back to the Alamo City with the program’s first conference championship in 14 years.

“We’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point and all of us know it’s going to be tough to knock off Lamar,” he said earlier this week. “They obviously are going to want to defend their title, but with this being my last year, I want to help lead us to a championship. If we want to win, we need to produce when it counts and I like our chances.”

Reveal and his senior teammates began preparing for their final season with a trip to Colorado this past summer that served as part vacation and part training, as the trio trained with runners from Division II powerhouse Adams State.

The trip, which had been in the works for the last couple seasons, has made a big difference this fall because the training took place in the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains.

“I could tell a huge difference from the minute we got back,” Reveal said. “It’s been most apparent when looking at this season’s results compared to last year. We’ve really stepped up this season, but I think we have another step to go, and hopefully, that will show at this meet and regionals.”

Reveal said that next step will require a complete team effort.

“Individually, we only can do as good as our teammates help us,” he said. “Any individual success stems from the success we achieve as a team. Individually, none of us can make an impact by ourselves, but as a team, we can.”

Reveal’s hard work and dedication to the program have not gone unnoticed by his coach.

“Cole has been focused from the beginning on making this team as good as it can be,” Slade said. “He’s been a selfless leader who has helped turn this team into a contender during his time here. I want to thank him and the entire senior class for believing in the vision we have for this program and working hard to make that a reality.”

As for that journey, Reveal said a championship would be a fitting end to his four-year career.

“We’ve worked so hard and put in so much time and effort to make this a championship program,” he said. “We want it for ourselves for respect and recognition, but we want it even more for Coach Slade. He’s such a great coach who’s a father figure to all of us. Winning a title for him would mean everything.”

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