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Saints finish 2022 campaign at NAIA National Cross-Country Championships

The men’s cross-country team took 27th place out of 34 teams in the 67th Annual NAIA Men’s Cross-Country National Championship at Apalachee Regional Park on Friday. The Saints recorded the best team finish in school history.

The Saints finished with a team score of 728 points in the 8k with a total time of 2:11.22 and an average of 26:16.

Head Coach Patrick Torres said, “There’s not a lot you can be upset about when you finish the best in school history. I think this squad will have a chance to be special in the years to come.”

OLLU’s Jose Zarate was the Saints’ top finisher with a 64th place finish of 318 runners. Zarate’s 25:11.6 time set the Saints highest individual finish ever at nationals. Next was Hendrick Ramirez, 200th place, with a time of 26:22.9. He was followed by Diego Moran with a time of 26:25.6, Jayden Turrubiates with a time of 26:35.5, JoseCarlos Hernandez with a time of 26:47.4, Jose Saucedo with a time of 26:48.9 and Kruz Malesich with a time of 27:18.7.

The women’s cross-country meet followed, and the team finished in 35th place out of 36 teams. OLLU completed the race with a team score of 1,018 points in the 5k. They had a total time of 1:43.07 and an average of 20:37.

Deandra Ibarra crossed the finish line first for the Saints in 176th place at 19:31. Viridiana Zuniga followed in 289th place with a time of 20:47.6. She was followed by Sierra Ramirez with a time of 20:48.8, Nadia Sifuentes with a time of 20:54.3, Robbie Sue Espericueta with a time of 21:06, Mia Curiel with a time of 21:10.8 and Kennedy Villalpando with a time of 21:19.5.

Torres addressed the women’s results saying, “We learned a lot about ourselves today and most of this group will be back to improve upon what we did this year.”

Women’s cross-country had big performances at UIW Twilight 

The Saints women’s cross-country team opened its 2022 season at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Cross-Country Twilight Meet on Friday. 

OLLU placed fifth overall in the 4k behind first-place UIW, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Following OLLU were North Texas University and Texas Lutheran University. 

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “Getting such big performances from freshmen especially when we had a few key runners out for various reasons really bodes well for us. Deandra Ibarra took care of business as our low stick, and when we can put a few more around her who were out this race, I like our chances against anyone.” 

Deandra Ibarra finished 11th among a slate of 70 runners. Her time of 15:06.3 breaks a record set in 2021 by Nadia Sifuentes, who ran her 4k with a time of 15:12.5. 

Mia Curiel placed 30th with a time of 15:51.7. Other Saints results are as follows: Leilani Leza, 16:03.7 – 35th place; Viridiana Zuniga, 16:24.8 – 45th place; Sierra Ramirez, 16:27.3 – 46th place; Kennedy Villalpando, 16:42.5 – 54th place; Robbie Sue Espericueta, 16:57.4 – 59th place; Liliana Hernandez, 18:09.2 – 62nd place. 

What’s next 

The Saints will run at the Concordia Classic at Concordia University-Texas in Austin on Sept. 23.