Viking Cross Country Teams Compete at Mid-States Classic

Posted October 22, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (October 22, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s cross country programs competed at the NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kan., Saturday morning.  The No. 10 men’s team finished second overall, led by individual champion Junior Ulysses Orozco (Lake Forest, Calif.).  The women’s team placed No. 12 in the standings.


The men’s cross country team was led by Orozco who won the 8k race in a time of 25:20, finishing three seconds in front of the runner-up.  Junior Victor Reveles (Los Angeles, Calif.) also finished in the top ten, coming in at No. 8 overall in a time of 26:08.  Junior Edwin Ortiz Lopez (Santa Ana, Calif.) followed with a No. 12 finish, in a time of 26:14 and Junior Derrick Zaldivar (Topeka, Kan.) placed at No. 16 in a time of 26:25.  Rounding out the team scorers was Junior Derek Wilson (Linneus, Mo.) who finished in a time of 26:29 to place at No. 18.  Freshman Austin Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) followed with a time of 26:57 to place at No. 34 and Junior Ulises Ortiz (North Hills, Calif.) completed the team with a time of 27:28 to place at No. 46.


As a team, the Vikings finished with a score of 55 to place second in the standings, behind No. 6 Oklahoma City (Okla.) University which won the event with 43 points.


The women’s cross country team was led by Freshman Sydnei Crouch (Forney, Texas) who finished at No. 38 in a time of 19:46 in the 5k race.  Junior Chase Burns (Wheaton, Mo.) followed with a 20:34 to place No. 66, with Junior Breanna Phillips (North Platte, Neb.) coming in at No. 74 in a time of 21:09.  Freshman Emily Kissinger (Ozark Mo.) placed at No. 91 in a time of 21:35 and Freshman Madelyn Deigan (Palmerston, Australia) finished out the team scorers with a 22:51 to place at 115.  Freshman Taylor Faccaro (Union, Mo.) finished out the team with a time of 24:19 to place No. 141.


The women’s team placed No. 12 in the standings with a score of 319.  Taking the team championship went to Oklahoma City with a score of 38.


“Five out of our six women’s runners all finished with personal bests, which is a great indication of things to come as we get ready for conference,” said Cross Country Head Coach David Dominguez.  “On the men’s side, we put together a solid race and now we just have to stay healthy and focus on the conference meet in a couple of weeks.”


The cross country teams will next be in action at the Heart of America Athletic Conference meet at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 5.



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