College of the Ozarks Cross Country men's and women's teams participated Saturday morning in the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Missouri.
The Lady Bobcats finished 12th of 20 teams with a 5K total time of 1:44:27, and the Bobcats collected 11th place out of 24 teams, posting an 8K team time of 2:25:24.
It was a great start to the season for sophomore Bethany Edgar, who finished 38th overall out of 205 runners and posted the top spot for the Lady Bobcats. Edgar ran 20:05.5, bettering her personal record by more than one minute. Sophomore Adeline Holder (63rd, 20:46.2), junior Hannah Duncan (68th, 20:51.7) and sophomore Bethany Marteney (71st, 20:56.0) finished close behind to provide a solid team score.
The Bobcats took 11th place out of 24 teams with a team time of 2:25:24 in the 8K race.
Freshman Garrett Pierce led the way for the men’s team. It was Pierce's first 8K, following a successful high school career in Sandpoint, Idaho, and he adapted very well. Pierce finished 24th of 227 racers with a time of 27:43.0. Sophomore Sammy Baumer was right behind, finishing 29th (27:47.6) and senior Shane York came in a strong third for the Cats (59th, 27:47.7).
Heat was a factor in today’s race, as the temperature was 80° by the start of the men’s race at 9:00 a.m.
The men and women will head to Fayetteville later in the week to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival on September 22.