This past Friday, the Trinity menâ€™s and womenâ€™s cross-country teams hosted the first annual Alamo City Opener at Olmos Basin Park, competing against their crosstown rival, University of the Incarnate Word, a Division II school. Trinity senior Sal Perdomo and junior Vanessa Moreno won the individual titles for their respective races.
â€œThe teams did well for this time of season,â€ said assistant coach Emily Daum in an email. â€œTwo overall individual titles is nothing to glance over, especially against Incarnate Word. Another positive was the small time difference from our first to our fifth runners.â€
The Trinity men beat Incarnate Word with a score of 21 to 35. Perdomo won the individual title for the menâ€™s race, finishing the 6K course in 19:58. Graduate Robert Edmonds from Trinity came in second with a time of 20:03.
â€œI was very happy with how everyone performed,â€ Perdomo said. â€œOur goal was to win, and we accomplished our goal.â€
The men placed four runners in the top five spots. Senior Francisco Escobedo finished with a time of 20:15, while junior Gerardo Hernandez finished in 20:22 and first year Taylor Piske finished in 20:36.
â€œWe did a very good job of working together as a team,â€ Perdomo said. â€œWe all took the lead at one point and pushed the pace. Everyone raced really smart and hard. Cross country is a team sport and everyone represented that quality of the sport.â€
The Trinity women came in second to Incarnate Word with a final score of 35 to Incarnate Wordâ€™s 24. Still, Moreno won the individual title for the women, finishing the 4K course in 15:09.
â€œThe girls had a strong performance considering two of our great competitors, who have competed in nationals both years, were out for the race,â€ Moreno said. â€œOverall, we had two girls in the top five, and four girls in the top ten, so that shows how close we came together and I think thatâ€™s really important.â€
Irma Garza from Incarnate Word came in 12 seconds behind Moreno for second place.
Trinity sophomore Jessica Pagano placed fourth and junior Jackie Newell placed seventh, while sophomores Michelle Oberndorf and Nicola Hill, in her debut cross-country race, placed 10th and 16th, respectively.
â€œWe have a lot of depth and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s going to help us score in meets,â€ Moreno said. â€œItâ€™s not just the few girls just in the top, itâ€™s really what every girl does.â€
Up next for the cross country squad is the Rice Invitational in Houston, TX on Sept. 14. The women will run at 6:15 p.m. and the men will run at 6:45 p.m.
â€œWe wonâ€™t finish as high as a team this next meet since weâ€™ll be going against teams like Rice and Texas A&M,â€ said Daum. â€œBut Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing some drops in times since weâ€™ll be doing the same race distances as this last meet.â€