WINDCREST, TEXAS (Nov. 2, 2018) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's cross-country team missed out on its sixth Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship by nine points. They fell to the meet champion University of the Southwest, who tallied 35 points to OLLU's 44.
Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, "I am not sure the weather could have been any better for a cross- country meet. The atmosphere was as good as it has been in my memory of RRAC meets, and I was pleased with how well it went. Also, once again the folks at the Windcrest Golf Club took really good care of us, and we always appreciate everything they do for us."
Finishing in third place was the University of St. Thomas with 59 points, followed by Texas College with 96 points and Jarvis Christian with 122 points.
"I don't know that I have anything profound or all the intelligent to say about our result," Sherman commented. "Sometimes you line up and it just doesn't go your way. Southwest came out highly motivated and ran a heck of a race. That said, we have finished first or second in every RRAC Meet we have ran in since 2011. That is something that our women and OLLU in general should really be proud of. Also, I am extremely happy for Annie and Andrea for making it to the NAIA Meet."
Capturing the individual title was Annie Trejo (JR/Park City, Utah), who finished the 5k in 19:35.1, almost a minute ahead of the next runner. Andrea Gandara (SO/Kaufman, Texas) came in seventh place with a time of 20:59.0.
Sherman said, "Annie has been the class of the RRAC all year, and that held true today. She has overcome so much and worked so hard. It really is great to see everything falling into place for her. I am looking forward to her pressing history a bit at the NAIA Meet."
Other Saints finishers were Sarah Taylor (SR/Austin, Texas) at 21:51.7, Peyton Lammons (FR/Prosper, Texas) at 22:02.4, Sabrina Garcia (FR/Brownsville, Texas) at 22:09.8, Amairanie Villarreal at 24:30.1 and Audren Pineda (FR/Brownsville, Texas) at 24:47.3.
Trejo and Gandara will get set for the NAIA National Championships that take place Nov. 16 at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They have qualified to compete as individuals.