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Luis Orta led cross country to victory in the Belmont-VU Opener, finishing first in the 5K. (UK Athletics) Luis Orta led cross country to victory in the Belmont-VU Opener, finishing first in the 5K. (UK Athletics)
Men's cross country got off to a winning start this past weekend in the Belmont-VU Opener. Junior Luis Orta led the Cats to victory, besting all runners in the 5K with a time of 15:22.40. Paul Martin of the Kentucky Kernel wrote a story on Orta's transition to UK coming from Venezuela and his future. Here is an excerpt:

It is evident that this student athlete has made much progress since arriving at UK. He is currently working on a double major in international commerce and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American Studies. Orta added with a smile, "I love Lexington; it is an awesome place. I'm happy and comfortable, and I really appreciate the safety here. It's a dream come true."

The future looks bright for Orta. He will compete in the Pan American Games hosted by Guadalajara, Mexico, in October. This particular event is second only to the Olympics in terms of importance to the sport of cross-country. Orta will participate in the 5K race and the 3K steeplechase event, both conducted on regular track surfaces. When asked about what Orta needs to do in preparation for the Pan American Games, UK cross country head coach Don Weber said, "What he can do is to continue to work hard and be daring on the track. He has to be willing to take risks during the race to discover his full ability and potential."

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