DENVER, Colo. - The Lubbock Christian men's cross country team closed out the 2022 season with a 22nd place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional.
The Chaps finished with a total time of 2:58:42.80 and an average time of 35:44.56, with 620 total points.The 22nd place mark is down seven spots from last season, where the Chaps finished 15th at the event at Chaparral Ridge. Lubbock Christian finished above RMAC member Westminster and Lone Star Conference rival Arkansas Fort Smith.
Colby Sandoval paced LCU once again, finishing 97th out of 164 runners with a new personal best mark in the 10K of 34:25.90. That mark is almost two minutes faster than the mark of 36:17.6 Sandoval ran at the 2021 regional meet. Sandoval finishes the season with new personal bests in the 8K and the 10K
Carlos Barraza finished seven spots behind his LCU teammate, recording a 104th place finish with a time of 34:33.90, just missing out on tying or surpassing his 10K personal best from last season. Hagen Sage finished 125th with a time of 35:42.60, also just missing out on his personal best mark.
The only other Chap to compete in a 10K run prior to today was Tristan Young, who finished 141st with a time of 36:34.00.
In their first 10K runs with LCU, Aiden Zingone finished 153rd with a time of 37:26.40. His teammates Angel Avendano and Joshua Huang finished right next to each other, with Avendano finishing 162 with a time of 41:22.81, while Huang finished 163rd with a time of 41:34.70.
No. 1 Colorado School of Mines won the team championship, with a total time of 2:33:03.40 and 25 points. The Orediggers' Dillon Powell won the individual championship with a time of 29:43.10.
Chloe Trull paced the Lady Chaps at the 2023 NCAA South Central Regional, finishing 81st out of 174 runners at the event.
Trull finished the 6K race with a time of 24:29.50, just one minute off her personal best mark in the event. It is the second time Trull has been the lead runner for the Lady Chaps this season, finishing 10th in the 5K earlier this season at the NMJC Invitational II.
As a team, the Lady Chaps finished 20th overall, ahead of RMAC foes New Mexico Highlands and Chadron State and Lone Star Conference rivals Cameron and Western New Mexico. LCU finished with a total time of 2:07:28.20, and an average time of 25:29.64 for a total of 552 points.
For the first time this season, Madelyn Merrell did not finish first for Lubbock Christian, finishing 100th with a time of 24:55.10 in the race. Her teammate Sky Sena finished right behind her at 102nd with a time of 25:09.30.
Hailey Lowery finished 121st with a time of 25:42.80, while fellow Lady Chap Sydnei Orozco finished 148th with a mark of 27:11.50. Sheyla Vilca ran the 6K for the first time in her career, finishing 154th with a time of 27:41.80.
Hailey Davis rounds out the Lady Chaps, finishing 158th with a time of 28:28.50.
No. 1 Adams State won the team championship with a time of 1:49:48.90 and 67 points. Florance Uwajenza of West Texas A&M won the individual championship with a time of 21:08.60.
Members of the LCU men's and women's cross country teams will now prepare for the indoor track track & field season, beginning Jan. 13, 2023 at the Corky Classic at Texas Tech University.