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Broussard and Zuniga named NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the 2022 Daktronics NAIA Women’s Cross-Country Scholar-Athletes on Nov. 14. Lindsey Broussard and Viridiana Zuniga have been selected from OLLU.

The 2022 list features student-athletes who achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at their institution. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended one full year at said institution.

Broussard earned a 3.80 GPA, while Zuniga marked at 3.63 GPA.

Saints women win eighth RRAC cross-country championship

The women’s cross-country team has won its eighth Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Cross-Country Championships. The event took place Friday morning at the Culebra Creek Park in San Antonio.

The women’s team marked 29 points to win the 5k. The Saints were followed by Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) with 43 points, Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) with 94 points, Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) with 104 points, the University of the Southwest (USW) with 128 points and Jarvis Christian University (JCU) with 139 points.

Nadia Sifuentes captured her second consecutive Individual Medalist Award with a time of 19:00.8. Deandra Ibarra came in third place with a time of 19:10.9. Viridiana Zuniga finished in sixth place with a time of 20:03.4. Mia Curiel came in ninth place with a time of 20:33.4. Sierra Ramirez placed 10th with a time of 20:41.1. All five received All-Conference honors.

Other finishers were Robbie Sue Espericueta, who placed 11th with a time of 20:45.9. Kennedy Villalpando came in 12th place with a time of 20:50.2. Liliana Hernandez finished in 14th place with a time of 21:44.9 and Lindsey Broussard came in 15th place with a time of 21:49.5.

Deandra Ibarra was named Freshmen of the Year, and Head Coach Patrick Torres received Coach of the Year honors.  

The women’s team first won the conference meet in 2013 and repeated in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the University of the Southwest captured the women’s title, with the Saints as runners-up. The Saints returned in 2019 to win and proceeded to capture the title in 2020 and 2021.

Seniors ceremony
After the event and awards ceremony, the university honored seniors Lindsey Broussard, Robbie Sue Espericueta and Nadia Sifuentes, as well as track and field’s Lauren Perry. Each talked about their plans and memories of their time at OLLU.

What’s next
The team will now prepare for the NAIA’s 48th Annual Women’s Cross-Country National Championship that will take place Nov. 18 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Women place third in Saints Cross-Country Invitational

The women’s cross-country team participated in the Fourth Annual Saints Collegiate Cross-Country Invite at the Culebra Creek Soccer Fields.

The women came in third place. Winning the meet was Texas A&M International University, and following OLLU was Trinity University. Cisco College and Sul Ross State University followed.

Nadia Sifuentes led the way for the team with a fourth-place finish in the 6K with a time of 23:44. Kennedy Villalpando came in 10th place with a time of 24:15, followed by Robbie Sue Espericueta in 14th place with a time of 24:36. Sierra Ramirez finished with a time of 25:04.8. Liliana Hernandez’s time was 25:45 and Lindsey Broussard’s time was 28:07.5.

What’s next
The Saints will get set for the Arturo Barrios Invitational hosted by Texas A&M University in College State on Oct. 15.

Women’s cross-country places ninth at UIW Invitational

The Saints women’s cross-country team placed ninth in a field of 14 teams at the UIW Invitational sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “It’s no secret we were running down some of our top runners. Despite that, this group went out brave and ran well. Deandra Ibarra’s freshman campaign is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and special recognition should go to Viridiana Zuniga for asserting herself into our top five. When we get healthy, we will be so much better having had these experiences.”

Full team results for the women’s 6k are listed below:
Northern Colorado – 29 points

UIW – 46 points

University of Texas at San Antonio – 88 points

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – 107 points

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley – 125 points

McMurry University – 166

Texas A&M International University – 181 points

Trinity University – 193 points

OLLU – 227 points

Texas Lutheran University – 283 points

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – 313 points

University of St. Thomas – 332 points

University of Dallas – 435

Sul Ross State University – 438 points

Leading the way for the Saints was Deanna Ibarra, who ran with a time of 23:35.1 for 18th place out of a slate of 110 runners. Viridiana Zuniga’s time was 25:00, followed by Mia Curiel at 25:17, Kennedy Vallalpando at 25:28, Sierra Ramirez at 25:50, Robbie Sue Espericueta at 26:14 and Liliana Hernandez at 27:44.

What’s next
The Saints will get set to host the Saints Invitational on Oct. 7 at the Alamo Sportsplex, Culebra Creek Soccer Fields, in San Antonio.

Women’s cross-country wins Concordia Classic, Deandra Ibarra captures individual medal

The Saints women’s cross-country team won its first meet since 2019 at the Concordia Classic sponsored by Concordia University Texas on Sept. 23. The women’s previous wins came in 2014 at the McMurry Bill Libby Invitational out of five teams, the Saints Collegiate Invite out of seven teams and the OLLU Collegiate Invite out of three teams.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “Deandra Ibarra got her first college win, and I think it will be the first of many. Our team rallied around some huge efforts by her and Viridiana Zuniga stepping up into our fifth role. We took care of business and won convincingly. I’m so excited about the talent of this team and just how they rally to run for each other.”

Deandra Ibarra won the individual medalist award with a time of 21:24.6 in the 5.5k. Nadia Sifuentes placed third with a time of 22:28.9 followed by Leilani Leza at 22:46.4 and Mia Curiel at 22:56.6. In seventh place was Viridiana Zuniga with a time of 23:07.9, and Robbie Sue Espericueta finished in 18th place with a time of 24:07.7.

Other finishers include Kennedy Villalpando at 24:12.1, Sierra Ramirez at 24:27.3, Liliana Hernandez at 24:44.9.

What’s next
The Saints will prepare for the UIW Invitational at the University of the Incarnate Word on Oct. 1.

Cross-country teams compete in 4th Annual Ram Rumble in Fort Worth

The Saints women came in third place out of five teams.

The Saints women came in third place out of five teams.

After the cross-country team’s meet in New Summerfield, Texas, was cancelled due to weather conditions, the Saints took a traveling detour to Fort Worth, Texas, to participate in the Fourth Annual Ram Rumble at Texas Wesleyan University on Saturday. Fellow Red River Athletic Conference members the University of Texas at Brownsville and Langston University were also participating in the meet, so, according to Head Coach Stephen Sherman, “It was important for us to square off with them.” On the women’s side, OLLU, UTB and Langston represent the top three conference teams. Read more online.