TULSA, Okla.-For the second time in as many races this season, the ORU women's cross country team walked away with the championships, edging UMKC at the 2011 ORU Invitational. The ORU men's cross country team was bested by UMKC in the 5k race.
Sweeping the top two spots, and claiming four of the top six, ORU edged out UMKC 26-31 in the team standings on the women's side. Racing at the two mile distance for the first time this year, Senior Kristen Radcliff won her second race of the year, crossing the line in 11:26.33, while Sheilah Ndasym finished second in 11:35.61.
Marta Adamiec's time of 11:48.67 put her in fifth overall, while Samantha Watson was right on her heels at 11:55.94, claiming sixth.
The final runners also finished in somewhat of a pack, led by Erin Patterson's 12:50.83, 12th-place finish, which edged out teammate Casady Ashcraft, who clocked in at 12:51.97 for 13th. Tiffany Hagan (13:53.56), Marrisa Thomas (14:04.13) and Anna Camila Pirelli (14:57.57) rounded out the pack for ORU, claiming 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively.
Coach Evan Blackburn had this to say about his team's victory: "Awesome job by Kristen. She just keeps running well and Sheilah coming in second was big and Marta stepped up huge for us. Samantha Watson is also running awesome right now. Now we just have to work on the fifth runner and getting her into better scoring position. I'm happy with the win and I think we're just getting better."
On the men's side, Shadrack Koech broke up what looked like a clean sweep for UMKC as he placed third to lead the Golden Eagles. Koech's time of 16:10.22 put him third, while Leif Peterson finished 10th with a time of 17:13.59. Ryan Masey got across the line at 17:23.06 to finish 12th, while John Chau (18:11.07), Tyler Banks (18:58.02) and Michael Roberts (19:35.47) finished 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively.
"The men did about what I thought they would do," said Blackburn. "Shadrack Koech got third overall and I'm really pleased with that. He gets better at the longer distances so third in a 5k is pretty good. The rest of my team is really young, we have four freshman out there running and they are still trying to find their (race) legs."
ORU will be back in action in two weeks as they travel to Stillwater for the Oklahoma State Jamboree on October 1.