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Sooners Have Strong Showing In College Station

NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma cross country teams brought home top-20 team finishes at the Texas A&M-Arturo Barrios Invitational Saturday morning on the Dale Watts cross country course on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The Sooners’ men’s team finished ninth in the 8K race, finishing in an average time of 25:39 and a total time of 2:08.15. The OU women’s squad placed 17th in the 6K competition, finishing in an average time of 22:47 and a total time of 1:53.54.

“We made some great adjustments today in our race mentality and despite our packs breaking up before the mile mark and the humidity outside we still saw an overall improvement in fitness,” said OU associate head cross country coach Kevin Ondrasek.

“Our pack running will be the last thing we need to iron out on both rosters prior to the conference meet,” Ondrasek added. “Once we add Eric Casarez and Elise Boisvert back in there we are formidable fourth and 10th today.

“It will be good to have the full squad back on the line at Big 12s ready to go.”

Freshman Haley Herberg continued her exceptional freshman season with a top-five finish in the 6K, placing fifth with a time of 20:43.0 to lead the women’s squad. Senior Jacob Janzen and junior Zach Gentry paced the men’s team with 21st-place and 26th-place finishes, respectively.

Freshman Ackeen Colley placed 65th for the men’s team, finishing in 25:48.6, while fellow freshman Luke George finished 84th with a time of 26:04.0. Juniors Heath Warren and Andrew Doherty crossed the line 99th and 100th, respectively, with times of 26:12.6 and 26:12.8. Senior Brendan Taylor finished 125th in 26:36.5.

In the women’s race, aside from Herberg’s fifth-place finish, senior Morgan Long crossed the line in 22:45.0 to place 94th. Freshman Reagan Kappel finished 110th in 22:56.8 while redshirt freshman Khloe Pointer placed 143rd with a time of 23:36.8. Freshman Jordyn Kaplan took 154th in 23:52.6.

The OU cross country teams begin postseason competition Oct. 26 in Ames, Iowa, at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships.

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