College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Joplin, Mo. to participate in the MSSU Southern Stampede on Saturday.
The Bobcats placed fourth and the Lady Cats placed fifth among 16 teams competing in the NAIA/College Division.
Although the threat of rain loomed throughout the early morning hours, the Lady Cats and Bobcats were able to run the course of gently rolling hills under comfortable temperatures and a cloudy sky, with no rain falling.
The Lady Cats opened the day with the 8:00 a.m. race and were led by sophomore Abigayle Money (Buncombe, Ill.), who is a first-year member of the team. Money placed eighth out of 141 runners in the 5-kilometer event with a time of 19:16.83. She was followed by freshman Janelle Staal (19th) at 19:48.93 and senior Hannah Duncan (27th) at 20:03.88. Completing the five-person team score were Adeline Holder (37th-20:31.72) and Bethany Marteney (45th-20:57.48).
The Bobcats raced at 10:00 a.m. under the leadership of Samuel Baumer, a junior from Columbia, Mo. Baumer completed the 8-kilometer run in 27:13.02, earning him a Top 20 spot at 19th place in a field of 163 runners. Sophomore Garrett Pierce followed shortly thereafter with a time of 27:35.24 (30th). Rounding out the C of O men’s team score were: Noah Rutledge (51st-28:10.56), David Byrd (56th-28:29.14), and Wesley Moore (63rd-28:43.63).
The two teams will have a weekend off before heading to Fayetteville, Ark. to race in the Chile Pepper Festival on October 5th.