Saints complete season at NAIA National Cross-Country Championships

Follow the cross-country team on their journey prior to and after the NAIA National Championships:

[RESULTS] The men’s cross-country team finished in 31st place out of 36 teams in the 66th Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship at Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course on Friday.

The Saints posted a team score in the 8k of 815 points for a time total of 2:18.47 and an average of 27:46.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “The national meet was a wild ride. Coming into the day, we set a goal of a top 20 team finish, and with one kilometer to go, we were sitting right on the edge of that. We ended up dropping back to 31st, and it’s my job as a coach to figure out how to plug that hole that sunk us in the last kilometer. I’m still very proud of this group, and they’ll get to race indoor very soon with a new set of experiences.”

OLLU’s Jose Zarate was the Saints’ top finisher with a 115th place finish of 330 runners. He had a time of 26:53.9. Next was Julio Sanchez, 171st place, with a time of 27:20.2. He was followed by JoseCarlos Hernandez with a time of 27:58.2, Nathaniel Rodriguez with a time of 28:14.7, Hendrick Ramirez with a time of 28:19.5, Isaac Martinez with a time of 28:30.0 and Diego Moran with a time of 29:46.7.

Two women’s cross-country team members participated in the NAIA’s 42nd Annual Women’s Cross Country National Championships at Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course on Friday.  

Nadia Sifuentes placed 168th out of 338 runners with a time of 20:07 in the 5k. Jasmine Hernandez had a time of 21:26.8.

Torres commented, “Some of the more challenging aspects of preparing for a meet like the national meet is replicating the terrain. Nadia and Jasmine definitely felt some of that as the hills and the mud took their toll. We had been managing an injury with Jasmine and now that she was able to get that championship experience, we can take some time off to recover and rehab. Nadia wasn’t exactly thrilled with her race, but this was far and away her best national meet and a good place to be before track.”