VANCOUVER, WASH. (Nov. 18, 2017) – (Individual Results | Team Results) The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's cross-country team participated in their fourth overall and third consecutive NAIA Women's Cross-Country National Championship. The 2017 championships were won by British Columbia at Fort Vancouver Historic Site. The Thunderbirds, who also claimed banners in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, scored 109 total points.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "It certainly was not a perfect ending to the season, but it was a good one all the same. We competed with the best teams in the NAIA and beat the teams I felt like we should beat. At the end of the day, it was great weather and an incredibly well-organized championship event that we were proud to be a part of."
The Saints came in 34th place. Jazmine Garcia (SR/San Ygnacio, Texas) placed highest for the Saints with a time of 20:15 for 241st place out of 338 runners in the 5k. She was followed by: Alyssa Hebb (JR/Redlands, Calif.), 20:18; Ione Rodriguez (SR/Port Isabel, Texas), 20:33; Andrea Gandara (FR/Kaufman, Texas), 20:46; Gabriela Guerrero (SR/McAllen, Texas), 20:53; and Sarah Taylor (JR/Austin, Texas), 21:04.
On the day of the banquet prior to the race, Rodriguez was given the NAIA Champions of Character award.
Sherman concluded, "Just as it was for the guys our women's performance at this meet was a microcosm of the season itself but different all together. It's hard to put a finger on but despite all of our women doing most that was asked of them all season and at times performing very well, the season just never seemed to fully develop for us. I feel like from girl to girl they ran a pretty savvy tactical race but we just never got high enough up in the pack for it to really pay off. There is still much to be proud of, however, and I sincerely enjoyed working with this group. Heads should be held high."
Red River Athletic Conference individuals running in the meet and their times are as follows: University of the Southwest: Alexandria Adams, 21:12, Marissa Sandavol, 23:45; LSU-Shreveport: Anneliese Jones: 23:52.