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Women 14th, Men 18th at Cowboy Jamboree

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 09/29/2012
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STILLWATER, Okla.-There was plenty of improvement for the ORU cross country teams as the women finished 14th and the men claimed 18th at the 2012 Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State.

For the women, Samantha Watson again led the way, running 19:15.65 to finish 40th overall, up 20 spots from her finish at last year's Jamboree. Erin Roberson also had a big improvement, dropping four seconds and 60 spots from last year. Roberson's time of 20:46.23 to finish 84th, while Casady Ashcraft's time of 21:17.68 put her 92nd overall. Freshman Megan Denzin ran 23:08.13, her second-best time of her young career, to claim 114th, one in front of teammate Marrisa Thomas, who finished 115th in 23:12.56, her best time of the year. Rounding out the finishers on the women's side was Hayley Monforton, who competed in her second meet of the year, running 24:18.96 for 119th overall.

The men had similar success on the tough course, as David Batchelder ran 27:21.29, his best 8k time of the year to finish 100th overall. Jonathan Harper ran 27:40.33 and claimed 112th. As they do most meets, Ryan Masey and Leif Peterson finished neck-and-neck with Masey getting the best of the pair on Saturday. Masey's time of 28:01.13 put him in 123rd and was nearly 20 seconds faster than his time at the same meet last year. Peterson finished in 28:03.00 to finish 124th.

Kevin Diaz (31:21.61, 170th), Michael Mudukuti (23:20.16, 174th) and Tyler Banks (32:45.61, 175th), rounded out the men's finishers for ORU.

In two weeks, ORU will take on another large field in the Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on October 13.

Women's Results

Team Scores

1. Oklahoma State (41)

2. Wichita State (89)

3. Western State (111)

4. Stephen F. Austin (142)

5. West Texas A&M (180)

6. Colorado Mines (189)

7. UTEP (208)

8. Missouri Southern (227)

9. Missouri State (240)

10. Oklahoma (267)

11. North Texas (288)

12. Harding (316)

13. Nova Southeastern (323)

14. Oral Roberts (392)

15. Abilene Christian (402)

16. TAMU-Commerce (407)

17. Southeastern Oklahoma (529)

Individual ORU Results

40-Samantha Watson          19:15.65

84-Erin Roberson            20:46.23

92-Casady Ashcraft          21:17.68

114-Megan Denzin             23:08.13

115-Marrisa Thomas           23:12.56

119-Hayley Monforton          24:18.96

Men's Results

Team Scores

1. Oklahoma State (20)

2. Colorado Mines (96)

3. Western State (116)

4. UTEP (161)

5. Wichita State (186)

6. Missouri Southern (187)

7. Oklahoma Baptist (196)

8. Stephen F. Austin (198)

9. ENMU (257)

10. North Texas (285)

11. Oklahoma Christian (305)

12. West Texas A&M (324)

13. Cameron (413)

14. Nova Southeastern (419)

      TCU (419)

16. TAMU-Commerce (422)

17. Harding (427)

18, Oral Roberts (469)

19. Abilene Christian (484)

Individual ORU Results

100-David Batchelder         27:21.29

112-Jonathan Harper          27:40.33

123-Ryan Masey               28:01.13

124-Leif Peterson            28:03.00

170-Kevin Diaz               31:21.61

174-Michael Mudukuti         32:20.16

175-Tyler Banks              32:45.61

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