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Men’s cross-country comes in second in non-division one category

Cross CountryThe men’s cross-country team came in second, while Saints sophomore Jonathan Yanez  finished third and freshman Gabriel Ellman finished fourth among 30 non-Division I runners in the Alamo City Opener last Friday. Yanez, the Red River Athletic Conference’s reigning freshman of the year, trailed for the first few laps of the meet, but he sprinted toward the last lap to finish with a time of 20:23.50. Ellman, a freshman from Burbank, Calif., also dashed toward the end to clock a time of 20:50.98. Freshman Sammy Bonilla from McAllen was among the leaders for the first few laps, but fell behind. He still finished at an impressive eighth place for a time of 21:26.25. Winning the meet was NCAA DIII Trinity University, who recorded 21 points and OLLU logged 42 points. Other NCAA DIII schools Texas Lutheran University had 80 points and Schreiner finished with 110 points. The Saints will travel to Abilene next to participate in the McMurry University Bill Libby Invite on Sept. 6.

Cross-country/track & field signs four student-athletes from McAllen’s Nikki Rowe High School

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Gabby and Val Guerrero sign with OLLU.

OLLU has announced the signing of four student-athletes to the cross-country and track & field teams. All four student-athletes are from Nikki Rowe High School in McAllen, Texas. They include Gabby and Val Guerrero, Francisco Rodriguez and Sammy Bonilla. Head coach Stephen Sherman said,

Sammy Bonilla signs with OLLU.

Sammy Bonilla signs with OLLU.

“Any time you get an athlete to sign with you, it’s a special thing, but when you get four athletes from the same high school to sign with you, it’s an incredible thing. In fact, I have never signed more than two from one high school (Erica Ramos and Bonnie Perez from El Paso El Dorado High School) before, so this is very unique. We could not be more happy to be getting all of them as they are all solid runners, good students and great people.” Read full article online.

Jonathan Yanez places sixth in Austin Half-Marathon

2013Jonathan Yanez6OLLU cross-country runner Jonathan Yanez ran the Austin Half-Marathon on Feb. 16 and he finished in sixth place overall. Yanez ran the marathon in attempt to qualify for the NAIA Marathon that is hosted at the NAIA Track Meet in May. Yanez hit a “B” Standard for qualifying for the marathon. His sixth place finish was among 3,944 runners from all over the world. Yanez’s time of 1:12:57.00 ranks 24th in the entire NAIA for the half marathon. He is the first individual at OLLU to hit a qualifying standard for any event at the NAIA Track Meet. Read full story online.

Ceara O’Donnell selected as conference ‘Runner of the Week’


Ceara O’Donnell

Ceara O’Donnell

Ceara O’Donnell was selected as the Red River Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the dates of Oct. 21-27. O’Donnell, a freshman from Corpus Christi, Texas, posted a time of 19:53 on the 5K course at the Mid-States Classic on Saturday. She set an OLLU record for her time and has been entered into the University’s Halo Club for Cross-Country for running the 5K in under 20 minutes. She placed 77th in a field of 162 competitors and guided the OLLU team to its best finish in three years at the event.

The cross-country teams will prepare for the conference tournament that takes place this weekend in Marshall, Texas. Read more online.

OLLU cross-country teams run their best meet ever

Jonathan Yanez and Nicholas Chapa get ready to start the meet.

Jonathan Yanez and Nicholas Chapa get ready to start the meet.

The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) cross-country teams participated in the Mid-States NAIA Classic on Saturday, and according to Coach Stephen Sherman, the teams played their best meet ever. “Whereas the meet at UIW was perhaps collectively our worst meet ever, this one was for sure collectively our best meet ever. After the result at UIW, I challenged this group to step up, and they did it with emphasis. It was fun to watch, and I could tell the result was enjoyable for them. All of them ran this race masterfully, and it should give them much needed confidence headed into the conference meet in two weeks.” Read more online.

Jonathan Yanez finishes in ninth place out of 111 runners in UIW meet

Jonathan Yanez broke a school record during the meet.

Jonathan Yanez broke a school record during the meet.

Freshman runner Jonathan Yanez erased the old school record of the 8000 meter (8K) when the OLLU men’s cross country participated in the Eighth Annual University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Cardinals Invitational held Saturday morning at the Live Oak City Park in San Antonio. The meet was hosted by the NCAA Division I UIW Cross-Country program and featured 15 universities representing NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. The total number of participants was 111 runners. Read more online.