WINDCREST, TEXAS (Sept. 10, 2016) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's cross-country team placed third out of eight teams in the 8k at the second annual Cross-Country OLLU Invite at the Windcrest Golf Course.
Trinity University came out on top, followed by Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Following the Saints were Southwestern University, Austin College, Northwest Vista College, Schreiner University and Sul Ross State University.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "I thought the meet went very well. Coach Terry Smith does a very good job with getting the course laid out, and I am proud of the way everything came together for a high-quality event. I also appreciate everything the Windcrest Golf Club and the City of Windcrest help us with. Our hope is to have the meet continually grow into one of the better meets around."
OLLU's Derek Barnett (JR/Redlands, Calif.) finished first among other Saints' teammates and third overall with a time of 27:08. Jose Ventura from Kingsville finished first with a time of 26:49 , followed by Trinity's Jacob Hammond with a time of 27:01. Trinity had the fourth-seventh finishers – Brian Wongchotigul, Austin Brown, Michael Erickson and Colton Hawkins. OLLU's Nathaniel Aguilar (SO/El Paso, Texas) came in eighth with a time of 27:50. Southwestern's Josh Im was ninth, and OLLU's Luis Ramirez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) rounded out the top 10 with a time of 27:59.
Patrick Torres (JR/San Antonio, Texas) placed 17th for the Saints with a time of 28:46, followed by Patrick Bousselot (SO/Cibolo, Texas) at 29:31, Joe Pesina (FR/San Antonio, Texas) at 31:04 and Tristen Robles (SO/Palmview, Texas) at 31:33.
Sherman said, "We didn't necessarily compete poorly today, but we looked sluggish and overall we still are not very fit. We also have some guys who need to get it together. The good news is that for the most part these issues can be overcome. Our men simply need to decide whether or not it is worth it to work harder in order to compete better.
"There were some bright spots and some not-so-bright spots today. The men have set the bar to where what was good enough a few years ago simply isn't anymore. Our athletes are going to have to come together and work harder if they aspire to be and achieve more than we did today or at Trinity's meet previously."
The Saints' next competition is on Sept. 24 at the Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.
Our Lady of the Lake University is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016-2017 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The University began competing in the NAIA in men's soccer and volleyball in 2007. A year later, they added women's soccer, golf and tennis. In 2009, the Saints began competing in cross-country, softball and basketball. In 2014, OLLU added two more sports — baseball and track and field. There are now 13 intercollegiate athletic teams at OLLU. All athletic alumni and up to two family members will receive free admission to basketball and volleyball games throughout the season. All other home games are free and open to the public.