The Northwest Vista Cross Country team had a great showing at their season opener hosted by Our Lady of the Lake University.
The race took place at Windcrest Golf Club with the boys running an 8K and the girls running a 5K. There was some good competition as Texas A&M Kingsville, Trinity, Incarnate Word and Sul Ross were all an attendance, to name a few schools.
The Vista men’s team placed 6th place beating out Schreiner University and Sul Ross!
Finishing first for the Wildcats was Freshman Nelson Vila, coming in 35th with a time of 31:32. Javier Ramirez was 43rd with a time of 33:00, Vincent Del Pino wasn’t far behind in 47th with a time 33:24, Adam Soto was 49th with a time of 35:54, Aaron Beattie was 50th with a time of 36:16, and Micah Florence was 52nd with a time of 37:25.
The girls didn’t have a team but still had great finishes. Karla Presa finished in 28th with a time of 21:53 and Yaritza Sandoval was 45th with a time of 26:50.
The student athletes have been training really hard for the last three weeks and can’t wait to see improvement at their next race on October 1st in Uvalde.
The Northwest Vista Distance Team had a busy but successful weekend.
Several runners competed at the University of the Incarnate Word track meet.
Javier Ramirez got things going for the team running the 1500. He had an amazing finish, showing tremendous guts – starting his sprint at the 300 & keeping it through the end, passing up at least 5 runners at the end. He improved his time by 20 seconds, running a 4:37.
Adam Soto and team captain,Aaron Beattie, were next competing in the 5000 race. Adam came in just under 19 minutes and Aaron followed closely behind. Micah Florence finished the 800 in 2:16 and the 400 in 56.23. Aaron ran both 5000 and 800 to get some extra training in. Robert Dreamkowski ran in his very first track meet, competing in the 100. He finished with a time of 12.56.
The team had three runners compete in the Carnival of Venice 5K night run. It was an interesting experience running at night with headlamps and flashlights but all the athletes said they had a lot of fun, even though their times were slower then normal. All three runners came in first in their age group. Esther Lucio finished first in the women’s under 20 age group, team captain, Vienna Garcia, finished first in the women’s 20-25 age category and Gilbert Rodriguez finished first in the men’s 20-25 age category.
The team will compete this weekend at the Fiesta Mission 5K/10K run in downtown San Antonio. They will take a little break before their last race in May.
Go Wildcats! The NVC sports teams – women’s and men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and the cross country team have ended the fall semester on a high note.
The current team rankings to end the fall semester are:
- The men’s basketball team are undefeated at 7-0
- The women’s basketball team are 6-1
- The women’s volleyball team are 6-2
- Ten members of the Co-ed cross country team competed in the San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon on Dec. 6.
Support your Wildcat Sport teams at their next 2015 spring semester home games.
- Men’s basketball, Jan. 28, Our Lady of the Lake Univ @ 8pm
- Women’s basketball, Jan 28, Palo Alto College @ 6pm
- Women’s volleyball, Feb 12, Univ. of Incarnate Word @ 7pm
Tryouts are open for the women’s basketball team starting Monday, Dec. 15 to Thursday, Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m. You must have taken 9 credit hours and have a 2.5 GPA and available for practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Games are typically on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Coach Daniel Johnson at 486-4003 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the sports teams, visit http://www.alamo.edu/nvc/current-students/sports/Wildcats/
by Stephanie Cavazos
Anyone who remembers the Cinderella story might be surprised to know we have one right here at Northwest Vista College with the Wildcats girls basketball team who are preparing for the South Texas Club Sports League this weekend at UTSA.
This team coached by Daniel Johnson was the first 2-year college team to make it to the Championship round at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Tourney Feb. 26. Surprisingly, the Wildcats competed against 4 year colleges; although SAC and PAC were among their competitors.
“We beat 7 four-year colleges,” says Coach Johnson. “Among them was UT PAN AM from the south to Beaumont from the west, taking 2nd place.” “We put NVC on the map,” said Johnson.
Team unity is one of the core values the Wildcats attributes to a winning record. “It happens naturally,” says Johnson. However team unity is not the only value Coach Johnson teaches. “I believe in teaching sportsmanship,” says Johnson. “Just because we can outscore the other team doesn’t mean we have to blow them out the water.”
What’s next for the Wildcats? This weekend the Wildcats will be in a tournament at UTSA. Coach Johnson has a unique way of prepping his team. “Visualize yourself, see yourself making that layup, that 3 pointer, and it will happen,” he says. Every girl on the team has a different method to their mental preparation. “Each girl is different”, says Johnson. “One will listen to her iPod, while another will meditate.” No matter how they prepare, it’s safe to say the team’s spirit and morale comes to life once they step on the court. We have all heard it. It starts with a slow escalating clap ending in “Wildcats!” To cheer on the Wildcats attend this event and see what all the fuss is about. The girls already have a bye which places them into the Championship round March 13 at 1p. Their competition will be the winner of Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) vs. St. Phillips College (SPC). Good Luck Wildcats!
Stephanie Cavazos is a student at Northwest Vista College.