College of the Ozarks hosted the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) DI and DII Men’s and Women’s National Championships on Saturday at the Bobcat Cross Country Course on the College’s campus in Point Lookout.
It was a cold 24 degrees at race time, and the DI and DII men’s teams took the field first to run simultaneously in the 10:00 a.m. 8-kilometer race. College of the Ozarks took 5th place out of nine teams competing, finishing with a team time of 2:21:20.39. Sophomore Samuel Baumer finished in 17th place overall with a time of 27:09.66, while freshman Garrett Pierce and senior Shane York crossed the line at 25th and 26th place respectively. Pierce posted a 27:38.44, and York recorded a time of 27:46.11. Also running for the Bobcats in the 71-man Division I race were Wesley Moore (40th), Sam Scaggs (52nd), Mason Apperson (55th), and David Byrd (62). Biola University from LaMirada, California finished in first place.
The Lady Cats followed at 11:00 a.m. and completed their 5-kilometer trek in 1:45:10.39 to finish in 5th place of ten Division I teams competing. Leading the CofO women was Beth Marteney, who came in at 18th place with a time of 20:18.84. Hannah Duncan finished 25th (20:57.53) and Adeline Holder was 27th out of 66 runners. Also contributing to the Lady Bobcats’ success were Bethany Edgar (32nd), Naomi Murrell (39th), Aspyn Britt (47th), and Mary Zimmerman (50th). Biola University women joined their men’s team by winning the championship.
CofO’s cross country teams will head to Cedar Rapids, Iowa mid-week to compete in the NAIA National Championships.