The College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Conway, Arkansas to open their season on Saturday, September 7th in the Central Arkansas Challenge. The opening meet took place at Beaverfork Lake and featured a 4K for the women and a 6K for the men.
The meet was a mix of Division 1 and smaller schools. The Lady Bobcats finished ahead of all the smaller schools and just behind the Division 1 schools for a 5th place (of 10) overall team finish. The Lady Cats were led by freshmen Janelle Staal and Abigayle Money. Staal and Money helped pace each other throughout the race. Staal finished in 16th place, running a smooth 16:04. Money was right on her heels, finishing 17th with a time of 16:06. Senior Hannah Duncan placed 20th with a time of 16:21 and junior Adeline Holder rounded out the top 30 coming in at 16:48 (26th place).
Coach Clint Woods praised the ladies’ effort, commenting, “Everyone did so well today. The girls worked hard and ran right where they needed to be.”
In the 6K men’s event, the Bobcats trailed only JBU as a team among the smaller schools placing 7th overall out of 13 teams.
Coach Woods said, “I am proud of the men. They were running in a pack just like we’ve been practicing and right on target to hit our goals for the fall.”
Junior Sammy Baumer, sophomore Garrett Pierce, and freshman Noah Rutledge broke away from the pack late in the race for a final push. Sammy finished 29th place with a time of 20:43.9, while Pierce and Rutledge finish 21:16 (34th) and 21:18 (35th) respectively. Junior David Byrd led the next trio of Bobcats at 21:35, followed by freshman Adin Hiebsch at 21:41 and sophomore Wesley Moore at 21:44.
For a complete listing of the Bobcats' individual times and team results visit: http://uca.macdonaldtiming.com/
The Bobcats and Lady Bobcats will be back in action Saturday, September 21st, at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo.