SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 8, 2018) – Derek Barnett (SR/Mentone Beach, Calif.) of Our Lady of the University (OLLU) captured the 2018 OLLU Invite individual title this morning and the team placed second among six others. The fourth annual event was held at Mission Del Lago Golf Course.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "It is always interesting to see how the men's team dynamic changes when going from 5k, which the freshmen are more comfortable with, to 8k. The freshmen got thrown into the fire so to speak today having to run one of the most difficult courses in my memory and certainly the most difficult course we've ever created for a home meet. That being said, it is nice having the depth we have with the men. The freshmen took their lumps but upperclassmen stepped up to secure a quality result."
Barnett ran the 8k in 26:18.2 to capture this year's title. He led the men to a second place finish following Trinity University and followed by Texas A&M International University, Southwestern University, Jacksonville College and Concordia University – Texas.
Sherman commented, "Derek ran like an old pro today. He was aggressive but tactical, and it was a lot of fun to watch. I think he is in the beginning, perhaps, of putting together a really special season."
Jose Zarate (FR/San Antonio, Texas) placed eighth with a time of 27:25.7, followed by Izaiah Ramirez (FR/El Paso, Texas) at 28:01.4, Andrew Moczygemba (JR/San Antonio, Texas) at 28:35.9, Miguel Segura (SO/San Antonio, Texas) at 29:40.9, Patrick Bousselot (SR/Cibolo, Texas) at 29:55.7, Herman Duncan (FR/El Paso, Texas) at 30:20.7, Sam Cardenas (SO/San Antonio, Texas) at 30:36.0, Antonio Bustamante (FR/San Antonio, Texas) at 30:58.0, Justin Ybarra (SR/Harlingen, Texas) at 31:55.6, Patrick Duncan (FR/El Paso, Texas) at 32.27.7 and Jose Lima (JR/Cibolo, Texas) at 38:25.8.
The Saints will get set for the Saints Collegiate Cross-Country Invitational that will be hosted by OLLU on Sept. 22 at the Windcrest Golf Club.