CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (Nov. 16, 2018) – Andrea Gandara (SO/Kaufman, Texas) and Annie Trejo (JR/Park City, Utah) of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) participated in the 63rd Annual NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships that took place this morning. The event was held at Seminole Valley Cross Country Course in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Trejo came in 119th place in the women's 5-kilometer race that featured 339 runners with a time of 18:52.9. Gandara's time was 20:43.9.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "I preached to our whole group all year long to not take anything for granted and to strive for November; that we would ultimately be judged based on our November results. That said, I am proud of the way this group we brought to the NAIA meet handled themselves. I can't say everyone from our group necessarily had their best race, but I can say with certainty all of them left all they had on this day out there."
"Simply put Annie had a historic season for us." Sherman said. "She posted the second fastest time in school history back in October, won an individual conference championship a couple of weeks ago, and today ran the third fastest overall time in school history. In regard to the latter, it is a school record for the fastest time ever ran at the national championship meet to boot. I am extremely proud of her particularly for climbing above so much adversity in her running career to this point."
Sherman commented that "Andrea, didn't necessarily have the season she wanted nor that I thought she would have, but she gutted it out until the very end. Her race today is certainly nothing to take for granted, and I believe it was a good way for her to finish cross off. I have no doubt that she is better for her experience."
The women's cross-country team will now get set to participate in the track and field season that begins in early spring 2019.