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Saints complete season at NAIA National Cross-Country Championships

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[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.”

Cross-country teams win seventh conference championships

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The men’s and women’s cross-country teams captured the 2021 Red River Athletic Conference Championships this morning. These titles are the seventh for each program – the men have won seven in a row (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and the women have won seven of the last nine (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021).

The men marked 15 points, followed by the University of the Southwest, 73 points; Xavier University of Louisiana, 74 points; Wiley College, 90 points; Huston-Tillotson University, 115 points; and Jarvis Christian College, 155 points.

Capturing the individual title for the men in the 8k was Jose Zarate, whose time was 25:21. He was followed by OLLU’s Julio Sanchez (25:30), Nathaniel Rodriguez (26:03), JoseCarlos Hernandez (26:07), Isaac Martinez (26:13), Hendrick Ramirez (26:36.2), Diego Moran (26:36.3), Antonio Bustamante (26:36.7), Joseph Gonzalez (26:59) and Hector Puente (27:17). All 10 from OLLU made up the All-Conference team. Bustamante and Hernandez’s finishes were personal records. Sanchez won the Runner-Up and Freshman of the Year awards.

Head Coach Patrick Torres, named Coach of the Year, commented, “I’m proud of our performance. It’s a special day when you can perfect score and put a whole team on the all-conference awards stand. Congratulations to our overall champion Jose Zarate and Freshman of the Year, Julio Sanchez. We had an outstanding race top to bottom, but those two went out and pushed each other up front. I’m proud of our men’s team.”

The women recorded a score of 18 points in the 5k. They were followed by Xavier, 55 points; Southwest, 69 points; and Huston-Tillotson, 80 points.

Winning the individual championship was Nadia Sifuentes, who marked a time of 18:50. She was followed by OLLU’s Jasmine Hernandez (20:08.6), Southwest’s Samantha Jasso (20:21), OLLU’s Peyton Lammons (20:26), Viridiana Zuniga (20:35), Lindsey Broussard (20:42), Xavier’s Skylah Barton (21:02) and LeilaniCyan Johnson-Gordon (21:20), OLLU’s Sierra Ramirez (22:15) and Xavier’s Bria Gaines (22:21). All 10 made the All-Conference team. Lammons’ and Zuniga’s times were personal records. Hernandez won the Runner-Up and Freshman of the Year awards.

Torres, who received Coach of the Year honors, said, “We ran really well. It’s tough to stay competitive in such a small race, but we did, and all the credit goes to our girls for putting themselves in the right headspace. I’m lucky to have the group we have this year. Thank you to our women’s Assistant Coach Jazmine Garcia. Her short time with the team so far has made a huge impact. Nadia and Jasmine took home individual champion and freshman of the year, respectively, and to do that on a day like today really shows how mentally strong we are.”

The men will get set for the 66th Annual NAIA Men’s Cross-Country National Championship on Nov. 19 in Vancouver, Wash., while the women will prepare for the 44th Annual NAIA Women’s Cross-Country National Championship also on Nov. 19 in Vancouver, Wash.

OLLU’S Sifuentes and Sanchez sweep conference awards

Nadia Sifuentes of  was named Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Sept. 13-19, while Julio Sanchez was recognized as the RRAC Men’s Runner of the Week for the same dates. This is the third set of cross-country awards for the 2021 season. 

Sifuentes led the majority of the race and placed fourth in a field of 65 runners at the Westside Classic in San Antonio. The junior from Brownsville, Texas, posted a time of 24:23 in the 6K distance against competitors from NCAA Division I, II and III. 

Sanchez reached 16th place on the men’s side at the Westside Classic, his first collegiate event. The freshman from Philadelphia, Pa., completed the 8K course in a time of 28:13 against 70 runners. 

Cross-country and Holy Cross High School hosted Westside Classic

The cross-country programs competed in the Westside Classic hosted by OLLU and Holy Cross High School at Pearsall Park in San Antonio on Saturday. OLLU and Holy Cross entered a partnership this summer, marking the first time the two schools will collaborate on an athletic event. Holy Cross is located less than a mile from the OLLU campus; the university offers the Holy Cross Dual Credit Program that enables students to take college-level courses while earning credit for both institutions.

Schools participating in the meet included NCAA D1 University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, NCAA D3 the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, NCAA D3 Schreiner University, NCAA D2 Texas A&M University-Kingsville, NCAA D2 Texas A&M International University, NCAA D2 St. Edwards University, and NCAA D3 Texas Lutheran University. The men’s 8k starts at 8 a.m., and the women’s 6k follows at 8:45 a.m. Local high schools will also compete at the Westside Classic in separate events.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “I’m extremely excited to fulfill the vision for Pearsall Park as a cross-country venue for the city of San Antonio’s cross-country teams. It’s always exciting to get a home meet, and I’d love to start a tradition and a home course for our program here at OLLU.”

Both teams finished in fourth place at the meet. Julio Sanchez was the men’s 8k top finisher for the Saints with a time of 28:13 for 16th place out of 70 runners. Nadia Sifuentes was the women’s 6k top finisher for the Saints with a time of 24:23 for fourth place out of 65 runners.

Rodriguez and Sifuentes garner conference runners of the week honors

Nadia Sifuentes was named Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, while Angel Rodriguez garnered the RRAC Men’s Runner of the Week award for the same dates. This is the first set of cross-country awards for the 2021 season.

Sifuentes placed 12th in the women’s 4K event in San Antonio at the University of the Incarnate Word Twilight meet, which consisted mostly of NCAA Division I runners. The junior from Brownsville, Texas, achieved a time of 15:12.5 against a field of 59 competitors. 

Rodriguez was the top finisher for the Saints in the men’s event at the UIW Twilight, which was his first college meet. The freshman from Hondo, Texas, placed 33rd in a field of 74 with a time of 20:13.9 in the 6K distance.

OLLU’S CROSS-COUNTRY AND TRACK AND FIELD ANNOUNCE RECRUITING CLASS OF 2021-2022

OLLU cross-country and track and field teams have announced the recruiting class of 2021. The cross-country team will begin competing in early fall through November, with the season culminating at the Annual Men’s and Women’s Country National Championships on Nov. 19 in Vancouver, Wash. The track and field teams will compete in spring 2022, and their season will conclude at the Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Ala. The Indoor Track and Field National Championships take place March 3-5 in Brookings, S.D.

The cross-country teams ran in the spring this past year due to COVID-19 concerns, but they will return to their normal season in the fall. The track and field teams will commence their normal season in the spring of 2022.

New additions to the team are listed below:

Men’s Distance

Joseph Gonzales (Middle Distance/Distance) from Laredo, Texas / Alexander High School

  • Regional Qualifier in 800m, Regional Qualifier in Cross Country
     

JC Hernandez (Middle Distance/Distance) Lytle, Texas / Lytle High School

  • 15th place at UIL State at Cross Country Championships 4A, 5th place at UIL State Track Championships in 1600m
     

Hendrick Ramirez (Middle Distance/Distance) from San Antonio / Marshall High School

  • Regional Qualifier in Cross Country
     

Robert Rios (Middle Distance/Distance) from San Antonio / Brackenridge High School

  • Area Qualifier in Track and Field, Regional Qualifier in Cross Country
     

Angel Rodriguez (Middle Distance/Distance) from Hondo, Texas / Hondo High School

  • Regional Champion in 1600m and 3200m, 7th place at UIL State Championships 4A in 3200m, 8th place at State 1600m, UIL Region 4 Cross Country Champion, 15th place at UIL State Cross Country Championships 4A


Julio Sanchez (Middle Distance/Distance) from San Antonio / Brackenridge High School

  • Regional Qualifier in 3200m, Regional Qualifier in Cross Country

     

Men’s Sprints/Jumps
 

Anthony Alvarado (400/800m) from San Antonio / Warren High School

  • Regional Qualifier in 4x400mR
     

Mark Canales (400m) from San Antonio / Texas Lutheran University
 

Diogo Hernandez (400m) from San Antonio / Cornerstone High School

  • TCAF State Runner Up in 400m
     

Marvin Levingston (100m/200m) from San Antonio / Brackenridge High School

  • Regional Qualifier in 4x100mR, Area Qualifier in 200m
     

Dejon Lewis (Long Jump/Triple Jump) from Del Valle, Texas / Del Valle High School

  • Regional Qualifier in Long Jump and Triple Jump, 6A UIL State Qualifier in Triple Jump
     

Nehemiah Littleton (Long Jump/Triple Jump) from San Antonio Harlan High School

  • Regional Qualifier in Long Jump, Regional Qualifier in Triple Jump
     

Matthew Martinez (100m/200m) from Corpus Christi, Texas / Flour Bluff High School
 

Matt Sanchez (400m/Long Jump) from Lyford, Texas / Lyford High School

  • Regional Qualifier in  Long Jump
     

Jordan Shaw (400m) from Semmes, Ala. / Mary G. Montgomery High School

  • Sectional Qualifier in 400m
     

Jaylon Washington (100m/200m) from San Antonio / Southside High School
 

Jaedin Williams (110mH/Long jump) from San Antonio / Taft High School

  • Regional Qualifier in 110mH
     

Dylan Wilmot (Pole Vault) from Cibolo, Texas / Steele High School
 

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented about the men’s cross-country team by saying, “We are adding much-needed depth to our men’s cross-country team. Last year’s squad was an injury or two away from not having the minimum number of runners to compete for a team score. This year not only did we add depth, but we added a group of runners who all have post-season experience from the regional level to those who finished within the top in the state. I’m very excited to watch this group defend their cross country title, track title and earn themselves their spots at nationals in both sports, respectively.

Regarding the men’s track team, Torres said, “The 2021-2022 recruiting class on the men’s track side is really special. We have multiple state qualifiers and athletes who I think will be competing at the national meet within their first two seasons. I’m confident that the group we brought in will help in our conference title defense this coming year. I’m really proud of the work Coach Brett Charlton and I did to build our first recruiting class and find student-athletes who will elevate the program and build new legacies here at the Lake.”

Cross-country teams win their sixth Red River Athletic Conference Championships

The men’s cross-country team succeeded in winning their sixth consecutive Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Friday morning after capturing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 titles. The women won their sixth title in seven years.

Head Coach Patrick Torres, who has been at the helm since November of 2020, secured RRAC Coach of the Year honors for both men and women. He said, “The women and men both followed the race plan exactly. We stayed cautious, keeping in control of the race, and we ended up winning both titles. Our women did fantastic, and our men had a perfect score. It was a nice cap to an unconventional cross-country season.”

Jose Zarate (JR/San Antonio, Texas) captured the individual medal against 12 other runners from OLLU and Jarvis Christian College, the host of this year’s event. Nadia Sifuentes (SO/Brownsville, Texas) placed second in a slate of 13 runners.

Zarate ran a 27:24 in the 8000m and is OLLU’s fourth consecutive RRAC Individual Men’s Champion. Nathanial Rodriguez won in 2019, Andrew Moczygemba won in 2017, and Nathaniel Aguilar won in 2018.

Isaac Martinez (SO/Weslaco, Texas) placed second with a time of 27:35, followed by Rodriguez at 28:06, John Davila at 28:40 and Antonio Bustamante (JR/San Antonio, Texas) at 29:07. Jarvis’s Mugisha Espoir, Jose Delgado, Obiajulu Onyeachonam, Ty-Irvin Walker, DeMarques Davis, Eribel Munoz and Jamarcus Epps rounded up the slate of runners.

The women won their sixth conference tournament after winning in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

The women’s team was led by Nadia Sifuentes, who ended as the runner-up with a time of 21:16 in the 5000m. The winner was Fabiola Gonzalez from Jarvis. Following Sifuentes were Robbie Sue Espericueta (SO/La Villa, Texas) with a time of 21:40, Lindsey Broussard (SO/Kingwood, Texas) at 21:53, Kimber Watson (JR/Kingwood, Texas) at 22:24, Peyton Lammons (JR/Prosper, Texas) at 22:56 and Viridiana at 23:09. They were followed by Jarvis’s Zarreah Tilley, Jia Foster, Garlanesha Hickman-Gilbert, Emalee Lopez, Vanessa Ramos and Justice Wilson.

The men will now prepare for the 65th Annual Men’s Cross-Country National Championship on April 9 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The women will go to the 41st Annual Women’s Cross-Country National Championship also on April 9 at Cedar Rapids.

Track and field and cross-country welcome Brett Charleton as assistant coach

The track and field and cross-country teams are proud to welcome new Assistant Coach Brett Charlton. Charlton comes to OLLU from Eureka High School in Eureka, Ill.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented “Coach Charlton is an excellent addition to our staff. He’s added a level of energy and expertise to practice in the short time he’s been here. Not many people can step in mid-semester and find the rhythm as fast as they could. He’s already made an impact, and I’m happy he’s here.”

Charlton will assist Torres with both cross-country and track and field but will concentrate on working with sprinters and jumpers for the track team.

At Eureka High School, Charlton was an assistant coach for the men’s track team from 2018-2020. His team was the state runner-up in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:18m. He also coached the 2019 high jump state champion and New Balance National’s runner.

Charlton was a standout in high school. He won the 2014 Illinois High School Association 100m dash state championship.

He ran track and field and Illinois State University. He also played football and track and field at Eureka College from 2017-2019. He received the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference awards in 100m, 200m and long jump.

Charleton has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and an endorsement in coaching and kinesiology from Eureka College, and NCAA D3 school in Eureka, Ill.

Track and field and cross-country welcome Brett Charleton as assistant coach

The track and field and cross-country teams are proud to welcome new Assistant Coach Brett Charlton. Charlton comes to OLLU from Eureka High School in Eureka, Ill.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented “Coach Charlton is an excellent addition to our staff. He’s added a level of energy and expertise to practice in the short time he’s been here. Not many people can step in mid-semester and find the rhythm as fast as they could. He’s already made an impact, and I’m happy he’s here.”

Charlton will assist Torres with both cross-country and track and field but will concentrate on working with sprinters and jumpers for the track team.

At Eureka High School, Charlton was an assistant coach for the men’s track team from 2018-2020. His team was the state runner-up in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:18m. He also coached the 2019 high jump state champion and New Balance National’s runner.

Charlton was a standout in high school. He won the 2014 Illinois High School Association 100m dash state championship.

He ran track and field and Illinois State University. He also played football and track and field at Eureka College from 2017-2019. He received the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference awards in 100m, 200m and long jump.

Charleton has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and an endorsement in coaching and kinesiology from Eureka College, and NCAA D3 school in Eureka, Ill.

Regular season ends in record-breaking finish for cross-country women

Cross-Country1026 The women’s cross-country team finished fourth in the NAIA Midstates Classic, which took place at the Winfield Veterans Home on Saturday morning. The Saints competed against 22 teams, with Oklahoma City University scoring 38 for the win, followed by Benedictine with 54 and Doane with 94. The Saints tallied 122 for fourth place. The event was sponsored by Southwestern College. Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, “We always enjoy going up to Winfield as the weather is typically much cooler than we are used to and generally our athletes perform well. Also, Southwestern tends to put on a well-organized meet with an accurate course.” Read full story online.