STILLWATER, Okla. — Facing tough competition at the historic Cowboy Jamboree, the Oklahoma women's and men's cross country teams placed seventh and eighth, respectively, on Saturday morning at the OSU Cross Country Course.
“The women positioned themselves well to succeed at the start,” OU cross country associate coach Kevin Ondrasek said. “We had a lot of teams ranked in the national scene out here, and we probably over-extended ourselves a bit in the first half of the race, and they paid for it a little bit. But, they fought, and they hung on so much better than they did two weeks ago, and it went O.K.
“On the men’s side, same thing: we had some guys running really smart, and some guys who over-extended,” Ondrasek continued. “I feel like they were all calculated risks that will pay off. We had such a broad spectrum of people. Half the team went a little too hard, half the team did it right and it paid off. (Today was) a great step forward.”
The women's side started OU's day with a seventh-place finish, posting 184 points in the 6K race. Seniors Sarah Scott and Belle Wallace paced the Sooners, crossing the finish line 14th (21:34.4) and 16th (21:38.8), respectively, in team scoring. Morgan Long earned 49th (22:53.9), Sophia Fernald placed 51st (23:02.3) and Grace Barber finished 54th (23:11.1).
CeCe Moore and Alexandria Arndorfer also competed for the Sooners, clocking in at 23:42.3 and 23:48.3, respectively.
In the men's 8K, OU scored 198 points to finish eighth. Brendan Taylor earned 16th (25:08.1) in team scoring, followed closely by Liam Meirow, who placed 19th (25:15.4). Ryan Tuescher took 46th (26:14.0), Zach Gentry claimed 58th (27:01.9) and Heath Warren finished 59th (27:13.7).
Rounding out OU's competitors were Matthew Arndorfer and Chris Staub, who crossed the finish line in 27:24.4 and 28:10.1, respectively.
Up next, the Sooners will wrap up regular season competition on Oct. 13 at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.