Viking Men's Cross Country Captures Heart Championship

Posted November 5, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 5, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed Saturday at the 2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.  The No. 9 men’s team had all five of its scorers place in the top 13, capturing the program’s third conference title.  The women’s team was led by one top 25 individual, placing ninth overall.


The Viking men’s cross country team was led by Junior Ulysses Orozco (Lake Forest, Calif.) who placed second overall, with a time of 25:53, in the 8k race.  Orozco finished just under seven seconds behind the individual champion.  Placing third was Junior Victor Reveles (Los Angeles, Calif.), completing the race in a time of 26:13.  Junior Edwin Ortiz Lopez (Santa Ana, Calif.)  followed with a time of 26:35 to come in at fifth.  Junior Derrick Zaldivar (Topeka, Kan.) placed No. 11 overall with a time of 26:47, while Junior Derek Wilson (Linneus, Mo.) completed the scorers, coming at No. 13 in a time of 26:59.  All five point scorers for the team earned all-conference honors.  Also competing for the men’s team were Freshman Austin Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) placing at No. 18 in a time of 27:18, Freshman Demarkous Nunnally (Dallas, Texas) coming in at No. 28 in a time of 28:07 and Junior Ulises Ortiz (North Hills, Calif.) who finished with a time of 28:11 to place at No. 29.  Freshman Riley Sorbo (Louisville, Colo.) finished at No. 40 in a time of 28:57, Freshman Athony Willert (Erie, Colo.) placed at No. 51 in a time of 29:12, Freshman Jonathan Sales (Black Hawk, Colo.) placed at No. 65 in a time of 30:04 and Freshman Christopher Essman (Topeka, Kan.) placed at No. 75 in a time of 30:32.


Missouri Valley captured the conference title with a final team score of 34 points, finishing ahead of MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University and Baker (Kan.) University, which both posted scores of 87.  This is the third conference title in program history, and the first since the 2013 season.


The women’s cross country team was led by Freshman Syndei Crouch (Forney, Texas) who placed No. 22 overall in a time of 19:33 in the 5k race.  She was followed by Junior Chase Burns (Wheaton, Mo.), who placed at No. 43 with a time of 20:21, while Junior Breanna Phillips (North Platte, Neb.) place at No. 49 in a time of 20:33.  Freshman Emily Kissinger (Ozark, Mo.) placed at No. 61 in a time of 21:26 and Freshman Madelyn Deigan (Palmerston, Australia) rounded out he scorers with a time of 22:06 to place at No. 78.  Freshman Taylor Faccaro (Union, Mo.) placed at No. 92 in a time of 23:21.


The women’s team placed No. 9 overall, with a team score of 233.  MidAmerica was the women’s conference champion with a total score of 55, one point better than second place Benedictine (Kan.) College.


Up next, the Viking men’s cross country team will compete for a possible National championship at the 2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship, held Nov. 19 at the North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.  The men’s cross country program last competed as a team at the National event in 2013, placing No. 23 overall.



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