Oakland U - Oakland Men Finish Second in Western Invitational

Oakland U - Oakland Men Finish Second in Western Invitational

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LONDON, ONTARIO, Canada - Michael Cox led the pack for the Oakland men's cross country team, finishing eighth overall in a field of 156 with a time of 25:45 (8K) in the Western International Invitational on Saturday morning. Sammy Mondry paced the women's side as she finished 20th overall out of 163 runners in the race with a time of 18:58 (5K). The men's team finished in second place overall with 106 points while the women placed fourth earning 143 points.

"Today was a very exciting day for these two young teams," commented head coach Paul Rice. "This was the first race this season that we really got after it. They have been very sharp in practice lately and it showed today. The team attitude is great right now. We are still learning and I wouldn't say anyone had a perfect race today. However, we did come out of this with some great things to build from as we prepare now for Notre Dame."

For the men, Andrew and Jacob Bowman both performed very well as they finished in 12th and 15th place with times of 25:51 and 25:55 respectively. For the women, Miranda Haas finished in 24th with a time of 19:06 while teammate Mayce Varacalli finished 30th in 19:15.

OU will have the week to prepare for their next race when they travel to Notre Dame, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invite.