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Watson Repeats All-Conference Performance at SLC Championships

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 11/01/2013
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LAKE CHARLES, La.- For the second year in a row, Samantha Watson earned all-conference honors, finishing eighth overall at the 2013 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships. The ORU men’s team finished ninth overall while the women’s team finished 11th.

Lamar swept the team titles for the first time since 2006.

Watson and the ORU women’s team took on a 6k course for the first time this season and put together an average time of 26:36.46. Watson led the charge at 21:51.6, eight seconds faster than her time at the Southland meet a year ago. Freshman Abby Hoover finished 46th in 23:41.3 in her first championship meet. Following Hoover was Erin Roberson (27:10.3, 81st) and Cat Klarich (28:47.8, 88th), as well as Megan Denzin (31:31.3, 95th), Hannah Turnbow (32:11.7, 98th) and Grace Fuentes (32:13.7, 99th).

On the men’s side, David Batchelder (26:52.1) and Jonathan Harper (27:30.2) each carded top 50 finishes, crossing the line in 34th and 47th, respectively. Ryan Masey just missed the top 50 mark as he crossed the line in 27:37.9 for 51st.The Peterson brothers finished back-to-back in 64th and 65th, with Leif Peterson (28:26.9) edging out brother Cameron Peterson (28:36.1). Joshua Lee (30:02.9) finished 84th, while Blayne Hisquierdo (30:21.0) took 87th and Matt Bannon finished 90th in 30:31.7.

The top six men, as well as Watson and Hoover from the women’s side, will continue the season as they travel to the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa, on Friday, November 15.

ORU Women’s Individual Results
8 – Samantha Watson – 21:51.6
46 – Abby Hoover – 23:41.3
81 – Erin Roberson – 27:10.3
88 – Cat Klarich – 28:47.8
95 – Megan Denzin – 31:31.3
98 – Hannah Turnbow – 32:11.7
99 – Grace Fuentes – 32:13.7

Women’s Team Results
1 – Lamar – 36
2 – Central Arkansas – 78
3 – Stephen F. Austin – 97
4 – Sam Houston St. – 124
5 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 126
6 – Houston Baptist – 190
7 – Abilene Christian – 192
8 – Incarnate Word – 202
9 – McNeese State – 207
10 – Nicholls State – 221
11 – ORU – 302
12 – New Orleans – 345
13 – SE Louisiana – 414
14 – Northwestern St. - 421

ORU Men’s Individual Results
34 – David Batchelder – 26:52.1
47 – Jonathan Harper – 27:30.2
51 – Ryan Masey – 27:37.9
64 – Leif Peterson – 28:26.9
65 – Cameron Peterson – 28:36.1
84 – Joshua Lee – 30:02.9
87 – Blayne Hisquierdo – 30:21.0
90 – Matt Bannon – 30:31.7

Men’s Team Results
1 – Lamar – 26
2 – Stephen F. Austin – 54
3 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 88
4 – McNeese State – 104
5 – Central Arkansas – 114
6 – Sam Houston St. – 151
7 – Houston Baptist – 195
8 – Incarnate Word – 252
9 – ORU – 257
10 – Abilene Christian – 291
11 – SE Lousiana – 301
12 – Northwestern St. – 352
13 – New Orleans – 360
14 – Nicholls St. - 397

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