College of the Ozarks cross country travelled to Winfield, Kansas on Saturday to run in the NAIA Mid-States Classic. Both C of O teams capitalized on fantastic weather conditions to record multiple team and individual bests. The men’s 8K event included 20 teams and the women’s 5K event had 19 participating teams.
The men’s team had a strong showing, posting a program best 2:15:30.0 team time, good for 6th place. Once again, Sammy Baumer led the way for the Bobcats running a 26:02.4 to finish 17th overall. Teammate Garrett Pierce (35th) was the first of multiple Bobcats to post a personal record (PR) at 26:40.3.
Junior David Byrd placed 58th, running a PR time of 27:19.7. Pacing partner Wesley Moore finished close behind at 27:28.3, good for a PR and 63rd. Rounding out the top 100, Noah Rutledge (81st) and Adin Hiebsch (100th) set PRs at 27:59.4 and 28:27.5 respectively. Sophomore Bobcat Mason Apperson (142nd) finished with a time of 29:56.3.
Finishing 3rd as a team, the Lady Bobcats set a program best team record at 1:37:46.2. Leading the Lady Bobcats with a blazing PR time of 18:52.2, Abigayle Money placed 3rd overall. Junior Adeline Holder (21st) and Senior Hannah Duncan (29th) also set PR times coming in at 19:26.5 and 19:38.7 respectively.
Setting her collegiate best 5K time, Freshman Janelle Staal placed 31st with a time of 19:47.9. Close behind, teammate Bethany Marteney (20:01.0) finished in 36th. Rounding out the field for the Lady Bobcats, Mary Zimmerman (81st, 21:30.5) and Rachel Myrick (122nd, 23:28.1) also set personal bests.
For complete results, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yxarpd46
The Bobcat and Lady Bobcat cross country teams hope to carry this momentum into Lawrence, Kansas for the A.I.I. Conference meet, which will be held on November 9th. Way to go C of O!