College of the Ozarks Cross Country Opens 2021 Season
After competing during the spring, with much colder temperatures last season, the College of the Ozarks Cross Country teams returned to more “normal” conditions and opened the 2021 season at the Eagles Invitational in Clarkesville, Arkansas over the weekend. With several new faces on the rosters, the Bobcats and Lady Cats were anxious to get an early season measuring stick for how they would compete. If this meet was any indication, Coach Woods has plenty to look forward to in the upcoming meets.
The men’s 5k would start the day and the Bobcats tracked down a second-place finish overall, with two runners finishing in the top ten. Junior transfer Janvier Irakoze finished in second place, just .06 behind the winner, Carlos Hernandez (UA-Fort Smith). His time of 16:19.3 set a PR and paced the Bobcats. Garrett Pierce finished in fourth with a time of 16:40.9. Cole Chafin finished 13th with a time of 17:44.0 and Wesley Moore came in right behind him with a time of 17:46.4. Spencer Dyck recorded a 23rd place finish with a time of 19:57.3.
The Bobkittens also produced a second-place finish and placed four runners in the top ten. Abigayle Money finished in second place overall with a time of 12:18.7 in the two-mile race. Janelle Staal finished fourth with a time of 12:34.3 and Emily Staal recorded a sixth-place time of 12:35.7. Trinity Sadosky finished ninth with a time of 13:12.6. Rebecca Loya recorded a time of 13:12.9 and a 12th place finish in her first collegiate meet followed by teammates Brooklyne Sederwall and Jacqui O’Harver in 14th (13:43.0) and 15th (13:47.4), respectively. Mary Zimmerman and Lauren Cowden rounded out the field with top 20 finishes, recording times of 14:03.5 and 14:13.3.
following the meet, Coach Woods stated, “Both teams ran really well in our opening meet. They finished second, behind very good University of Arkansas-Fort Smith teams and we should only improve from here.”
The Cross Country teams will compete again September 18 at the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, Missouri.