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Jose Zarate headed to South Dakota for NAIA indoor Track and Field meet

The official final rosters and entry lists for all qualifiers for the 2022 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track and Field National Championships have been announced.

OLLU’s Jose Zarate (SR/San Antonio, Texas) has qualified in the 3000-meter run. His qualifying time was 8:34.73.

“Jose is running phenomenally,” said Head Coach Patrick Torres. “His buildup of training has been awesome, and I like his chances of making a podium at the national meet.

Zarate is the first male student-athlete at OLLU to qualify for nationals in indoor track and field. His all-time OLLU record was set at the FasTrak Collegiate Challenge at the University of Houston on Jan. 22.

Zarate commented, “I feel excited and a little nervous to compete in such an elite field. I will be racing some of the best runners in the nation, and I’m hoping to podium. It won’t be easy, but we have been working hard and with Coach Torres’ training and support, I feel like we have a really good chance of making school history and doing something special.

Zarate will be leaving for Brookings, S.D., on March 1. The meet will take place March 4-5.

For a complete list of qualifiers by school, CLICK HERE. For qualifiers by event, CLICK HERE.

The NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship hosted by Dakota State University will take place at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, S.D.

The event schedule can be found HERE.

OLLU TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAMS BEGIN SEASON ON DEC. 11

The men’s and women’s track and field programs are preparing for the upcoming indoor and outdoor seasons.

Head Coach Patrick Torres and Assistant Coach Brett Charlton both return for their second year at the helm. They helped lead the men’s team to its first Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) title in 2021. The women’s team took second place at the conference meet.

The indoor track and field season will start with the FasTrak Collegiate Opener on Dec. 11. The Saints will compete in the FasTrak Collegiate Challenge on Jan. 22 and close the indoor season at the Fastrak Collegiate Qualifier on Feb. 19. University of Houston will host all the events.

The outdoor track and field schedule begins on March 5 at the Trinity Open sponsored by NCAA D3 Trinity University in San Antonio. The Saints plan to compete in seven competitions spanning just more than two months. The men’s program had seven first-place finishes at the conference meet last year. The women’s team shined as well with eight individual medals. Torres was awarded RRAC Coach of the Year.

The Saints will feature 47 athletes this season (more will be added in the spring). The freshmen class consists of Anthony Alvarado (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Esmy-Angelee Garcia (FR/Uvalde, Texas), Joseph Gonzalez (FR/Laredo, Texas), Roxana Guerrero (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Diogo Hernandez (FR), Jasmine Hernandez (FR/San Antonio, Texas), JoseCarlos Hernandez (FR/Natalia, Texas), Kiana Kebbi (FR/Pearsall, Texas), Marvin Levingston (FR), De’Jon Lewis (FR/New Orleans, La.), Nehemiah Littleton (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Camryn Marshall (FR/Cibolo, Texas), Mathew Martinez (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas), Diego Moran (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Hendrick Ramirez (FR/El Paso, Texas), Sierra Ramirez (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Robert Rios (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Autumn Roberts (FR/Houston, Texas), Julio Sanchez (FR/Philadelphia, Pa.), Matthew Sanchez (FR/Lyford, Texas), Alexandria Segura (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Victoria Sweeney (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Jordan Shaw-Watson (FR/Mobile, Ala.), Vicky Valdez (FR), Mariah Watts (FR/Georgetown, Texas) and Dylan Wilmot (FR/Cibolo, Texas).

Sophomores include Chris Davila (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Larrisa McHenry (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Gabrielle Sigala (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and Viridiana Zuniga (SO/San Antonio, Texas). Junior athletes are Lindsey Broussard (JR/Kingwood, Texas), David Dada (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Robbie Sue Espericueta (JR/La Villa, Texas), Tamaj Gordon (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Isaac Martinez (JR/Weslaco, Texas), Natalie Martinez (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Makhayla Parker (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Lauren Perry (JR/DeSoto, Texas), Nathaniel Rodriguez (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Nadia Sifuentes (JR/Brownsville, Texas).

Seven seniors will guide the Saints. They include Antonio Bustamante (SR/San Antonio, Texas), Peyton Lammons (SR/Prosper. Texas), Audren Pineda (SR/Brownsville, Texas), Hector Puente (SR/McAllen, Texas), Alondra Toledo (SR/Brownsville, Texas), Kimber Watson (SR/Kingwood, Texas) and Jose Zarate (SR/San Antonio, Texas). Of these seniors, Lammons and Watson will be graduating and completing their seasons at OLLU in 2022. Bustamante, Pineda and Zarate will take advantage of the COVID-eligible fifth year as graduate students in 2022-2023, while Toledo and Puente will return for another season for the 2022-2023 season, as well.

OLLU will host the Westside Relays with Holy Cross High School on March 18. The partnership with Holy Cross, located about six miles from campus, has benefited both schools, and the Saints have been able to use the facility to practice for upcoming meets. Torres said, “The partnership with Holy Cross has been crucial to the success of our program. We look forward to hosting future meets with them for years to come.”

The Saints will hold the RRAC Championships for the second consecutive season from April 29-30. Competitors include the University of the Southwest, Huston-Tillotson University, Wiley College, Jarvis Christian College, Texas College and Xavier University of Louisiana. Torres anticipates a record-breaking season for the track and field programs. “It’s exciting to have athletes who can set new records and are very talented.” 

Fans are able to attend the track and field meets, with most events free and open to the public. For additional information, stay up to date on OLLU athletics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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.

Track and field opens season at Trinity with impressive results

Watch highlights and hear from Head Coach Patrick Torres: https://www.youtube.com/embed/sOdpg2i6NPI?enablejsapi=1&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ollusaintsathletics.com

The track and field team opened its season at the Trinity Invitational last Friday and Saturday. The women’s and men’s teams featured several outstanding performances. See results below.

EventParticipantTime/MarkPlace
200mDestiny Joseph26.855th
200mVictoria De La Cruz27.3610th
200mMakhayla Parker28.6718th
1500mRobbie Sue Espericueta5:28.9613th
1500mKimber Watson5:31.3014th
1500mViridiana Zuniga5:37.2119th
5000mLindsey Broussard20:12.187th
100mTamaj Gordon11.8719th
200mDavid Dada25.4537th
800mJose Zarate2:02.854th
1500mJose Zarate4:05.192nd
1500mNathaniel Rodriguez4:09.855th
1500mJohn Garcia Davila4:24.6216th
1500mIsaac Martinez4:25.0519th
1500mAntonio Bustamante4:31.4823rd
1500mChris Davila4:39.8827th
5000mIsaac Martinez16:21.405th
5000mNathaniel Rodriguez16:30.707th
5000mAntonio Bustamante16:59.1711th
5000mJohn Garcia Davila17:09.7115th
Long JumpTamaj Gordon6.41m9th

The Saints will travel next to Abilene, Texas, for the Wes Kittley Invitational on March 18.