WINFIELD, KAN. (Oct. 23, 22016) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's and women's cross-country teams participated in the annual NAIA Mid-States Classic Saturday morning. The men posted a best-ever fourth place in the 8k at this particular meet, while the women finished in 10th place in the 5k. The meet was held at the Winfield Veterans Home.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "The Mid-States Classic is always a great meet. Coach Helmer and Coach Testa did a really nice job of running an efficient meet out there. Of course it helps that we ran pretty well too. It was a day for a few firsts. Our men have never finished in the top ten at this meet, and within that same history we have never finished both teams in the top ten as we did this year. Also, I don't believe we have ever put a guy in the top 20 individually as we did this time. All in all it was a good day for us."
Oklahoma City (43), Missouri Valley (55) and Wayland Baptist (80) finished ahead of the men in the 8k. The Saints tallied 165 points for an overall time of 2:15:04.
Following the Saints were Bacone (166), Benedictine (199), John Brown (202), Hastings (229), McPherson (256), St. Gregory's (266), Southwestern Assemblies of God (317), Southwestern (339), Park (346), Sterling (359), Southwest (368), Friends (406), Tabor (502), Bethany (529), Science & Arts (530) and Oklahoma Wesleyan (602).
In a slate of 189 runners, Derek Barnett (JR/Redlands, Calif.) paced the Saints with an 11th place finish overall at 26:12.1. Patrick Torres (JR/San Antonio, Texas) was next in 26th place with a time of 26:41.2. Luis Ramirez (SO/San Antonio, Texas)'s time was 27:05.4, followed closely by Nathaniel Aguilar (SO/El Paso, Texas) at 27:06.1. Patrick Bousselot (SO/Cibolo, Texas)'s time was 27:58.7, while Tristen Robles (SO/Palmview, Texas) finished at 28:23.4. Justin Ybarra (SO/Harlingen, Texas) rounded out the Saints' team with a time of 31:18.2.
Oklahoma City (38) also won the women's 5k. They were followed by Wayland Baptist (77), Benedictine (80), Hastings (94), Friends (168), Texas Wesleyan (177), St. Gregory's (217) and Park (262). Sterling (279) won the tiebreaker and was ninth, while the Saints (279) took 10th place. The Saints' overall time was 1:44.16.
In 12th place was Missouri Valley (319), followed by Avila (351), Tabor (364), Bacone (386), McPherson (386), Bethany (401), Science and Arts (548) and Peru State (553).
In a slate of 166 runners, Jazmine Garcia (JR/San Ygnacio, Texas) finished first for the Saints with a time of 19:41.6 for 35th place. Next up were Gabriela Guerrero (JR/McAllen, Texas) at 20:03.2, Sarah Taylor (SO/Austin, Texas) at 20:31.7, Margaret Bruch (FR/Bastrop, Texas) at 21:04, Bianca Renteria (SR/Del Rio, Texas) at 22:55.6 and Shenaya Thomas (JR/Katy, Texas) at 23:15.2.
The Saints have completed their regular season and will prepare for the Red River Athletic Conference Championships on Nov. 4. OLLU will host the event at the Windcrest Golf Club in Windcrest, Texas.
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. Baseball is not included in this special offer. All other home games are free and open to the public.