Competing in the Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin, MO, the Oklahoma Christian University men’s cross-country team placed 8th out of the 27 teams Sept. 12.
Senior Kyle Broaddrick, the Eagle’s top finisher, placed at 36th in the field of 267 runners at 25:45.97. Fellow senior Sisay Gillock placed 42nd at 25:52.12.
The third runner for Oklahoma Christian, junior Evan McQuirk, finished in 26:09.11 to place 57th. Freshman Caleb Bozarth took 62nd place with 26:18.98 while junior Jake Weith rounded out the Eagle’s top five at 80th with a time of 26:36.06.
Outside of the top-80, sophomore Kelton Reynolds finished 97th with a time of 26:50.44, junior Trevor Talley took 105th in 26.55.47 and freshman Colton Meyers placed 113th in 27.00.69.
The final three runners for Oklahoma Christian, senior Emory Lobley at 162nd in 27:46.70, freshman Brady Aderholt in 28:55.96 at 206th and junior Ben Reed in 232nd at 29:36.50, rounded out the nine competitors for the Eagles.
On the women’s side of the event, the Lady Eagles finished 26th out of the 33 teams competing with a team score of 803.
For the 5000 meter race, three Lady Eagles posted career-best times.
Sophomore Rachel Meyers finished in 132nd place to lead Oklahoma Christian in the 279-woman field. Finishing in 19.39.11, Meyers set a personal career-best time for the 5000 meters. Following her was sophomore Kelsey Castillo, taking 144th in 19.46.21.
Freshman Karlene Calavaza placed 211st and also posted a personal career-best time, finishing in 21:32.11. Sophomore Rylee Rich took 220th in 21:14.41. Freshman Madison Rutherford placed 232th place in 21:32.11, a career-best finish. and freshman Ellie Little placed 253rd with a time of 22:08.15 in her first collegiate meet.
Both teams will travel to Fayetteville, AR Sept. 30 to compete in the Chile Pepper Festival.