The College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s Cross-Country teams headed to Columbia College Saturday to compete in the Cougar Winter Classic. Coach Clint Woods stated, “Our runners competed well this weekend. The wind was a definite factor and the course was soft and ran slow. Both of these factors slowed our race times and made it difficult for runners to post their typical times. Regardless of the conditions, I’m proud of our effort the successes we achieved.”
The women’s 5k started the event and the Lady Cats came away with a third-place team finish. Emily Staal finished second overall with a time of 20:17, followed by Abigayle Money who finished third (20:27). Rounding out the Lady Cat times, Jenelle Staal recorded a time of 21:24, good for 11th place overall while Laruen Cowden finished 18th (22:24), Mary Zimmerman 23rd (23:09), and Jaqueline O’Harver 24th (23:11).
The Bobcats 8k wrapped up the meet and the Bobcats came home with a fourth-place finish. Cole Chafin finished in 12th place with a time of 29:57 and Wesley Moore came in 14th with a time of 30:10. The rst of the field included David Byrd 17th (30:35), Adin Hiebsch 18th (30:37), and Mason Apperson 23rd (31:58).
Several of the top runners for both the Bobcats and Lady Cats were held out of Saturday’s meet due to injury but Coach Wood expects them to be back in the lineup next weekend when they travel to Lyon College in Batesville, AR.