WINDCREST, TEXAS (Nov. 9, 2019) - The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's cross-country team dominated the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championships after capturing the title and placing eight runners in the top 10 on Saturday.
This is the team's fifth conference title after winning in 2013 and 2015-2017. The men also won the championships.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "We have had years in the past where emotions are torn between one group doing well while the other group did not do so well. There are no torn emotions with the result of this meet. The women dominated and then the men followed suit and dominated as well. There is not much more I could have asked of them."
"One of our main concerns going into the meet was to stave off the complacency that I felt we brought to the meet last year," Sherman commented. "I challenged the women to not take anything for granted and for each of them to race to win the individual title, and I was pleased to see the entire roster run with great urgency. To say the least, I am extremely proud of our women, and though this team is not necessarily the most talented team we have had, they certainly are one of the hardest working and competitive teams we have ever had. We will need to continue to have that kind of mentality going into the NAIA meet."
Lindsey Broussard narrowly beat teammate Nadia Sifuentes (FR/Brownsville, Texas) for the individual medal in the 5k with a time of 20:44. Sifuentes followed eight seconds later at 20:52. Sabrina Garcia (SO/Brownsville, Texas) came in third with a time of 21:13, followed by Andrea Gandara (SR/Kaufman, Texas) for fifth place at 21:33, Kimber Watson (SO/Kingwood, Texas) for sixth place at 21:50, Robbie Sue Espericueta (FR/La Villa, Texas) in seventh at 22:05, Alyssa Vidales (FR/San Antonio, Texas) in eighth at 22:28 and Peyton Lammons (SO/Prosper, Texas) in 10th place at 22:52. Gloria Cervantes (FR/Laredo, Texas) placed 13th with a time of 24:38. There were a total of 24 runners from OLLU, the University of the Southwest, Jarvis Christian College and Texas College.
Regarding Broussard, Sherman said, "All of the women have worked extremely hard throughout the season, and there is a lot of parity with this group too. That being said, I felt like this race was wide open for the taking from any number of our [women] as there really had not been a defined favorite like we have had in the past with the likes of Jazmine [Garcia] and Annie [Trejo]. Lindsey ran an intelligent and aggressive race, and from that standpoint, really earned and deserved the win."
Broussard is OLLU's fifth consecutive RRAC Individual Women's Champion. Jazmine Garcia won in 2015, 2016 and 2017; Annie Trejo won in 2018.
The team will now prepare for the NAIA National Meet that will take place in Fort Vancouver Historic Site, Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 22.