NEW SUMMERFIELD, TEXAS (Nov. 8, 2013) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's cross-country team has captured the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament Championship after finishing first among seven teams competing.
The Saints overall score was 1:38:06.2. The University of Texas at Brownsville finished in second place, followed by Langston University, Wiley College, Bacone College, Jarvis Christian College and Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "I could not be more proud of the women. I challenged them more than any since I arrived at OLLU. In fact, I was not always fun to be around, but it's always because I knew what they were capable of if they went all in. They went all in, and now we have the two best RRAC meet finishes in school history including a women's championship."
Freshman Ceara O'Donnell finished the 5K in second place out of 42 runners with a time of 19:07.1. Sophomore Erica Ramos came in third place with a time of 19:18.7. Senior Laura Echeverria followed in fifth place with a 19:25.0 time. Three places back was senior Alexandria De Luna finiehd in eighth place with a time of 19:52.2. In 11th place was freshman Ione Rodriguez, whose time was 20:23.1.
UT-Brownsville's Vanessa Garcia won the individual award with a time of 17:42.1.
Conference awards were given out after the meet. Chosen as Women's Freshman of the Year was OLLU's O'Donnell.
The all-conference team included O'Donnell, Ramos, Echeverria, and De Luna.