By Beatriz Sales
The MVC men’s cross country team had a big achievement in the past weeks. The Vikings moved up many spots, and now they come in at Number 10, and in the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
The Valley is placed at Number 11 as a team and the Number 10 is the highest rank that the men’s cross country ever reached. The Cross Country Head Coach David Dominguez said he believes that the team achieved this goal just by doing a lot of work spending a lot of time doing doubles and running a lot of miles.
Coach Dominguez said he is excited about the way they are doing together as a team and working hard.
“Our goal is to do the best that we can and then at the end of the day we will see what we are capable of doing. If we do the best job and win, great but if we do the best job and get second it is okay. It is just the way it is. I don’t think we worried too much about winning but we worried about doing the best that we can,” said Dominguez.
Leading the men’s Cross Country team is Junior Ulysses Orozco (Lake Forest, Calif. He places at Number 23, and the top NAIA competitor. Orozco said that he achieved this rank because “as long as you run fast and do your best, and try your best the results speaks for itself and everyone does well.”
Orozco started running when he was 15 years old. Last semester he used to run for a community college. Orozco said, that he was used to run 4 miles race and at MVC he runs 5K so he doesn’t really know what to expect but he is getting an idea of how everything works and he feels excited about it. The next goal Orozco is looking for is to win conference and try to place at Number 10 in Nationals.
The MVC cross country teams will next compete at Johnson County, Kansas in the Heart Conference Championships, November 5.