Chirchir Earns All-WAC Second Team Honors To Lead At WAC Cross Country Championships


Junior Abraham Chirchir earned All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Second Team honors to lead The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) cross country teams at the WAC Championships, hosted by California Baptist, on Saturday at the Riverside Agricultural Operations Course. UTRGV Image.
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Junior Abraham Chirchir earned All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Second Team honors to lead The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) cross country teams at the WAC Championships, hosted by California Baptist, on Saturday at the Riverside Agricultural Operations Course.

Chirchir finished 14th out of 101 with a time of 24:25.4. Alex Munoz also finished in the top half of the pack, coming in 42nd at 25:19.1. Florian LePallec of California Baptist won the individual championship with a time of 23:18.5.

As a team, the men had an average time of 25:45 and 247 points to place 10th out of 13. California Baptist won the team championship with a perfect 15 points on an average time of 23:45.

On the women’s side, freshman Samantha Gonzalez led UTRGV with a time off 22:30.0, 1.4 seconds off her personal record (PR), to finish 44th out of 97. Three runners set new PR’s, including freshman Weslaco alumAaliyah Garza (22:37.6), junior Anahi Romo (22:38.5), and freshman Sharyland alum Delilah Vega(25:30.1). Irene Rono of Abilene Christian won the individual championship with a time of 19:44.2.

As a team, the women had an average time of 23:10 and 277 points to finish 11th out of 13. Utah Valley won the team championship with 34 points and an average time of 20:32.

UTRGV is back in action on Nov. 12 at the NCAA South Central Regional, hosted by Baylor. The women compete in a 6K at 10 a.m. and the men compete in a 10K at 11 a.m.

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UTRGV Men’s Cross Country Results (8K)
Place Runner Time Points

  1. Abraham Chirchir 24:25.4 14
  2. Alex Munoz 25:19.1 38
  3. Ricardo Garcia 25:38.7 50
  4. Alex Canales 26:30.3 69
  5. Tristan Pena 26:46.9 76
  6. Dominik Medrano 27:04.6 80
  7. Albino Rodrigues 28:17.4 85
  8. Edward Ramos 28:31.6

Men’s Team Results
Place Runner Avg. Time Points

  1. California Baptist 23:45 15
  2. Utah Valley 24:07 42
  3. Grand Canyon 24:45 110
  4. Lamar 24:56 139
  5. Dixie State 25:05 157
  6. Sam Houston 25:13 178
  7. Abilene Christian 25:16 191
  8. New Mexico State 25:22 207
  9. Stephen F. Austin 25:31 226
  10. UTRGV 25:45 247
  11. Tarleton 26:10 305
  12. Seattle U 26:13 319
  13. Chicago State 27:46 375

UTRGV Women’s Cross Country Results (6K)
Place Runner Time Points

  1. Samantha Gonzalez 22:30.0 42
  2. Aaliyah Garza 22:37.6 47
  3. Anahi Romo 22:38.5 49
  4. Estrella Medellin 24:00.4 69
  5. Andrea Gallardo 24:03.0 70
  6. Janie Delgado 24:57.9 77
  7. Delilah Vega 25:30.1 81
  8. Ana Hernandez 25:57.9

Women’s Team Results
Place Runner Avg. Time Points

  1. Utah Valley 20:32 34
  2. California Baptist 20:33 41
  3. Abilene Christian 20:49 62
  4. New Mexico State 21:15 96
  5. Dixie State 21:50 154
  6. Seattle U 22:22 192
  7. Grand Canyon 22:39 223
  8. Stephen F. Austin 22:34 225
  9. Sam Houston 22:46 233
  10. Lamar 23:19 274
  11. UTRGV 23:10 277
  12. Tarleton 23:54 327
  13. Chicago State 29:17 425
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