Men's Cross Country Places No. 11 at National Championship

Posted November 19, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 19, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College men’s cross country team competed Saturday at the 2016 NAIA Cross Country National Championships at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.  The team placed No. 11 overall, led by Junior Ulysses Orozco (Lake Forest, Calif.) who finished No. 18 as an individual.

 

Orozco finished the 8k race in a time of 25:01, placing No. 18.  He finished 1:11 behind the individual champion, and was the second-highest finisher among Heart of America Athletic Conference participants.  Orozco also became the first men’s cross country student-athlete to earn All-American status.  Following Orozco was Junior Victor Reveles (Los Angeles, Calif.) who finished at No. 71 in a time of 25:49.  Junior Edwin Ortiz Lopez (Santa Ana, Calif.) followed with a time of 25:58 to finish at No. 94 and Junior Derek Wilson (Linneus, Mo.) placed No. 120 overall with a time of 26:09.  Completing the team scorers was Freshman Austin Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), who finished at No. 138 in a time of 26:16.  The final two runners for Missouri Valley were Junior Derrick Zaldivar (Topeka, Kan.), who placed No. 199 in a time of 26:39, and Freshman Demarkous Nunnally (Dallas, Texas), who placed No. 281 in a time of 27:51.

 

“It was a great day for our team,” said Cross Country Head Coach David Dominguez.  “The team ran its best race of the season, and you can’t ask for anything more than that.  I’m also happy for Ulysses, becoming the program’s first All-American.”

 

The Vikings finished with a team score of 338 to place No. 11 overall.  The average time for the team was 25:50.  The No. 11 finish is the best in program-history, topping the No. 23 finish at the 2013 National meet.  Taking the team championship was Southern Oregon with 122 points.  Missouri Valley entered the meet ranked No. 9 in the final regular season coaches' poll, but finished the National championship meet ahead of No. 4 Marian (Ind.) University, No. 7 Bacone (Okla.) College and No. 8 Westmont (Calif.) College.

 

 

About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

 



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