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Herberg Claims All-Big 12 Honors at Conference Meet

NORMAN — Led by an All-Big 12 performance from Haley Herberg, Oklahoma women’s and men’s cross country teams finished sixth and seventh, respectively, at the Big 12 Cross Country Championship Friday morning in Ames, Iowa.

Freshman Haley Herberg crossed the finish line third in her first Big 12 XC Championship in 20:05.9 to pace the Sooner women. By finishing in the top 15, Herberg arned All-Big 12 honors.

“It was a team effort for the women, we had four freshmen running out there today like they’ve been together for years,” said OU associate head cross country coach Kevin Ondrasek. “Especially Haley Herberg, the driving force behind her solo effort was that she knew it was her role. She ran like someone who belongs on the national stage from gun to tape. We will be building around this group’s chemistry, sixth is not a destination for them.”

Overall, the OU women recorded 207 points. Freshman Elise Boisvert was the next Sooner after Herberg to finish, placing 61st (22:24.9). Redshirt freshman Khloe Pointer earned 62nd (22:31.7), Reagan Kappel took 63rd (22:32.8) and Morgan Long finished 66th (22:37.7). Freshman Jordyn Kaplan finished 82nd (23:40.9).

The OU men tallied 182 points to place seventh. Senior Jacob Janzen paced the Sooners, earning 26th with a time of 24:59.9. Janzen was followed by redshirt junior Zach Gentry, who finished 36th (25:30.6). Freshman Luke George and redshirt senior Brendan Taylor crossed the finish line 40th (25:38.2) and 44th (25:48.3), respectively, and junior Heath Warren took 45th (25:50.2).

Ondrasek added about the men’s performance, “Our men faced some last minute adversity with sickness during travel to the meet. Despite the several individual PR’s, the execution as a single unit just wasn’t there.

“Great teams absorb responsibilities when things go awry and execute anyway. We will be working on this during our prep for the NCAA Regional meet, along with getting everyone back on the line in good health. This will be a time when we learn the most about ourselves and if we want to finish well there can be no individuals running out there.”

Other OU finishers were Andrew Doherty who finished 53rd (25:59.0), Ackeen Colley who placed 61st (26:47.6) and Derek King, taking 64th (26:56.8).

Up next, the Sooners head to Peoria, Ill., on Nov. 9 for the NCAA Midwest Regional.

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