NVC Cross Country Team Perform Well at HEB Run


The Northwest Vista Cross Country Team had a great showing at the HEB Alamo RunFest on Feb. 20.

We had 4 runners in the half marathon. The first finisher for the Vista Wildcats was Rhea Migdalski coming in 2nd in her age group & 79th overall with a time of 1:46:04. Aaron Beattie followed closely behind with a time of 1:47:51, placing him 2nd in his age group. Vienna Garcia, also received a medal placing third in her age group, finishing with a time of 1:47:54. Rounding out the half marathoners, was Lauraly Wade finishing right at 2 hours. She finished 6th in her age group.

The Wildcat 5kers also did great! Finishing first for Northwest Vista was Micah Florence with a time of 19:53. He placed first in his age group & 7th overall. Adam Soto was next finishing 3rd in his age group with a time of 20:28. Right on his heels was our first female finisher Karla Presa. She was the first overall female, first in her age group & 12th overall male and females. She finished with a time of 20:29. Hector Sandival finished with a time of 21:43, placing him 4th in his age group. New comers Rober Dreamkowski & Esther Lucio also ran great times finishing in 26:55 & 27:56 respectively.

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NVC Cross Country Team

NVC Cross Country Team Represent With Fast Times

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The Northwest Vista Cross Country team had an outstanding showing at the Missions Half Marathon/10K/5K.

In the half marathon, Vienna Garcia place 1st in her age group and 6th overall women with a time of 1:45:16. Lauraly Wade was 4th in her age group coming in under 2 hours.

In the 10K, Micah Florence was 1st in his age group & 4th overall finisher!! He ran a 42:25, averaging 6:50 miles for the 6 mile course.

In the 5K, Adam Soto finished first for the Wildcats. He was 1st in his age group & 2nd overall finisher. Karla Presa was the next finisher, finishing 1st in her age group & 1st overall women – 9th place overall. Chris Molleda was the next finisher. He placed 1st in his age group & 16th place overall, finishing right around 20minutes. Robert Dreamkowski finished his first race as a wildcat & was 3rd in his age group. Also finishing for Northwest Vista College was gilbert Rodriguez, finishing 6th place in his age group.

These athletes have been working really hard & had an outstanding performance in their first big race of the season.

If you would like to join the team contact Daniel Johnson @ djohnson84@alamo.edu for more information.

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Impressive Results for Rock ‘n’ Roll Runners

The Northwest Vista Cross Country team had a great showing at the Rock ‘n’ Roll race this past Sunday, Dec. 6.

In the 5K, Adam Soto lead the way for NVC, placing 5th overall & 2nd in his division, with an 18:56. Hector Sandoval was next with a time of 22:20 placing him 4th in his division & 13th overall male. Micah Florence wrapped up the 5K with 9th in his division & 43rd overall, with a time of 24:40. There were over 2,000 runners in the 5K.

In the Half Marathon, Aaron Beattie had a finishing time of 1:35:54. This placed him 25th out of 268 in his division & 247 out of over 12,000 for the race. Brandy Medina was next with a time of 1:48.54, placing her 35th in her division & 199th for overall women. Vienna Garcia also finished the race under 2 hours, helping pace her 14-year-old niece, in her first half marathon.

In the Marathon, former NVC Cross Country Coach Ashley McGee placed 47th overall in her division and 3rd overall women with a time of 3:11.56. Coach McGee coached two former NVC Cross Country runners to their first overall marathon finish. Karla Cortez ran a 3:30:07, placing her 1st in her division & 15th overall female. Rhea Migdalski was 2nd in her division & 25th overall female with a time of 3:36:55.

By NVC Cross Country Coach Staci Krueger

Rock N Roll Runners

Vista Cross Country Puts up Fast Results

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The Northwest Vista Cross Country team had an exceptional showing at the Friends of Government Canyon 8K/15K. This was a tough trail run with huge hills.

The 15K started first and the team was represented by David Antonio and Aaron Beatty, both 2nd-year runners. David came in first and 6th overall with a time of 1:15:42. This time was enough to place him first in his age group. Aaron was next, with an overall finish of 12th, but a first place finish for his age division. His overall time was 1:19:15.

The 8K started 15 minutes later. The team was represented by Vienna Garcia, Adam Soto, Vince DelPino – all 2nd-year runners and one freshman – Brandy Medina.

Adam was the overall winner, winning the race with a time of 35:19. Vince came in 4th overall and 1st in his age group, with a time of 37:20. Brandy was the first female to cross the finish line, winning the race with a time of 40:01. Vienna was the second female overall, but first in her age group, with a time of 40:34.

All the students ran a great race and have been working hard over the semester. The team is building up to its big race of the year – the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon and marathon on Dec. 6.

By NVC Cross Country Coach Staci Krueger

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NVC Cross Country Team DOMINATE Local Races

Alamo City Run Fest- February 22, 2015

In the debut race of the Spring 2015 semester, 11 NVC Cross Country runners participated in the Alamo City Run Fest. Running in the 5k race was Mercedes Rodriguez and Micah Florence. Micah finished the 3.1-mile race in a time of 19:59 placing first in his age group. Mercedes placed 3rd in her age group and ran a time of 30:22.

Competing in the 10k race was Vincent Del Pino, Norby Salazar, Sean Perry, Aaron Beattie, and Toni Lindsay. Vincent, Aaron, and Sean dominated their age group placing first, 2nd, and 4th running times of 39:45, 43:42, and 45:51 respectively. Norby placed 2nd in his age group running a time of 49:21. Toni placed 3rd overall in her age group running a time of 49:21.

Racing in the half marathon race was Sergio Luera, Patrick Gonzales, Karla Cortez, Vienna Garcia, and Rhea Migdalski. Sergio placed 2nd in his age group running a time of 1:30:25. Karla, Rhea, and Vienna swept their age group finishing 1-3 running times of 1:37:18, 1:42:25, and 1:44:37 respectively. Patrick took 2nd in his age group with a time of 1:43:38.

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Revenge of the Nerds-5k

On February 28, the NVC Cross Country team braved the rain and extreme Texas cold weather to run in the campus 5k race: Revenge of the Nerds. Karla Cortez took the overall women’s winner position with a time of 21:39. Rhea Migdalski finished first in the 15-19 female division with a time of 22:01. Toni Lindsay won the Engineering division with a time of 23:39. Mercedes Rodriguez finished third in the 20-29 age group with a time of 30:15, followed by Raquel Rodriquez with a time of 46:31. Vince Del Pino finished first for the men’s team and won the 1st place age group award for 15-19 year olds. Vince ran a time of 18:33. Sergio Luera finished second in the 15-19 age group with a time of 19:42. Norby Salazar won the 20-29 age group with a time of 21:22 followed in second place by Patrick Gonzales with a time of 22:36.

Alamo College Wellness 5k

The Northwest Vista Cross Country team dominated the competition at the Alamo College Wellness 5k on March 28. Sergio Luera and Norby Salazar took second and third overall running times of 18:46 and 19:29, respectively. The ladies were led by Karla Cortez who took first overall with a winning time of 21:25. Rhea Migdalski was hot on her heals, finishing second overall female with a time of 21:29. Colleen Rojas and Toni Lindsay finished fourth and fifth for the women recording times of 23:25 and 23:43, respectively. Vince Del Pino ran the race as well. He was in first place and was led the wrong direction, therefore not technically qualifying as first overall.

SARR Fiesta Mission 10k and 5k

On April 18, the NVC men and women’s Cross Country team participated in the Fiesta Mission 5k and 10k. Racing for NVC in the 5k was Vienna Garcia and Samantha Castillo. Vienna took second female overall with a time of 22:01. Samantha ran 10th overall and 1st in her age group with a time of 25:36.

In the men’s 10k division, Vince Del Pino was the fastest male running a time of 35:27. David Gonzales placed 1st in his age group running a time of 43:30. Aaron Beattie place second in his age group with a time of 45:49. In addition, placing second in his age group, Robert Barrasa ran a time of 46:16.

Running for the girls in the 10k were Karla Cortez and Rhea Migdalski. Karla and Rhea took first and second overall with times of 43:56 and 45:34, respectively.

UIW track meet

Four Northwest Vista College Students participated in the UIW track meet on April 10. Vincent Del Pino ran in the 1500m race finishing in a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds. Rhea Migdalski, Karla Cortez, and Vienna Garcia all participated in the women’s 5000m race. Rhea and Karla both ran a personal record of 21:01 and 21:07 respectively. Vienna was close behind with a time of 21:28 in the 3.1-mile race.

Contributed by NVC Cross Country Coach Ashley McGee

NVC Cross Country Team

NVC Sports Teams Sustain Winning Streak

NVC Sports Teams 2014

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 djohnson84@alamo.edu

To learn more about the sports teams, visit http://www.alamo.edu/nvc/current-students/sports/Wildcats/

Wildcats Put NVC on the Map

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.