Cross Country competes in the SAC Tournament

Shawnee, Oklahoma (November 5, 2011) — John Brown University men and women's cross country teams competed in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The conditions were less than ideal with temperatures around 50 and a stiff chilly wind.

The women finished 4th out of nine teams for the 5K race. Freshman Kari Miller paced the team with a 16th place finish (19:52) just missing all conference honors. Sophomore Valerie Kliewer was 18th (19:53), sophomore Melissa Roth was 25th (20:19), freshman Meredith Sloan was 26th (20:21), freshman Kelsey Rea was 46th (21:54) to complete the scoring. Also finishing for the ladies were Samantha Ricker (23:38), Callie Buchholtz (24:12) and Cassie Castellanet (24:16). Nine total teams competed with 76 runners.

“I was pleased with the overall performance matching last year’s conference finish against better competition,” said Coach Matt Pearson. “The team continues to build and improve. While conditions did not allow for personal bests, the overall effort is a step forward from last year.”

The men had a rough day placing 8th out of nine teams including three of the nation’s top ten. They ran an 8k (4.97 miles). Kyle Schmidt paced the team with a 32nd place finish and just missing a personal best (27:12) followed by Tekste Gebreslasse (42nd, 27:47), Marcos Gutierrez (54th, 28:15), Sam Young (61st, 29:51) and Sare Goitom (62nd, 28:55) to round out the scoring. Other finishers include Tyler Awe (29:25), Nick Fields (29:52), Caleb Fuller (30:16), DJ Danner (30:33) and Stephen Borengasser (32:25). There were 84 runners in the race.

“While the men have battled through some injuries I am pleased with their progress in developing the program and learning how to compete as a team and individually,” said Pearson.

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