JC's Chavez, Garzon nab top four finishes at OLLU Invite

JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY

SAN ANTONIO — Lorenzo Antonio Chavez (27:37) and Isaih Garzon (27:47) of Jacksonville College finished in third and fourth place, respectively, at the Our Lady of the Lake Invitational (8K), which was held Saturday morning at the Windcrest Golf Course in San Antonio.

Facing a tough field of NCAA division II and NAIA schools, the Jaguars were able to finish in third place in the team standings, scoring 54 points.

OLLU, the host school, picked up 47 points to win the team title and St. Thomas University (48) ran second.

Garzon tied his personal best time on Saturday.

Setting new personal best times was Wesley Rogers (19th, 29:38) and Joshua Franklin (20th, 29:39). Grant Attaway came in 21st place after being clocked in 29:59.

Other Jags that took part in the race were Randy Canady (30th), Cristian Garzon (37th) and Sean O'Connell (38th).

“At this point in the season nobody is 100-percent healthy,” JC head cross country coach Kirby Shepherd said. “This was definitely the case with this meet. I had a couple that were hurting leading up to and during the race, so the times were not that great. However, having (some other) guys step up when some of the others are not feeling great is important.”

 

Torres first Lady Jag across finish stripe

Karen Torres of New Summerfield completed the 5K race in 22:28 and came in 13th place in the individual standings.

Other Lady Jags that were entered included Laura Luna (23rd, 24:59), Brandy Guerrero (25th, 26:12) and Cristal Castillo (26th, 26:55).

Luna prepped at Jacksonville High School.

“Karen Torres ran close to a season best,” Shepherd said. “The women will be running in a 6K at ETBU this Friday, so it will be good to see how they do.”

Nadia Sifuentes crossed the line in 20:50 to win first place, and her OLLU squad scored 24 points to take the team title over St. Edwards (49).

 

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