OU - OAKLAND WOMEN FINISH THIRD, MEN FOURTH AT HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Provided by Oakland University
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Michael Cox and Karli Keur each finished in ninth place to lead the Oakland men's and women's cross country teams at the Horizon League Championships on Saturday at Youngstown State. The women's team finished the 5K race in third place with 84 points, while the men finished fourth with 84 points in the Golden Grizzlies' first-ever league championship.
"The overall feeling after today is as a team we can perform much better," commented head coach, Paul Rice. "We have performed much better than this all season. We did come away form today with some great individual awards and we can at least celebrate that. We are very young and our future is still bright. We will use today as a learning experience and work on getting ready for the regional meet in two weeks."
Jacob Bowman finished in 10th place for the men with a time of 26:22.17. He was named Horizon League Freshman of the Year. Cox and Bowman both garnered All-Horizon League second team accolades.
Sammy Mondry clocked a time of 19:03.01 in the women's 5K race to finish in 10th place for the Golden Grizzlies. She earned all-league second team honors as well.
Detroit captured the men's championship with 33 points. The Titans were followed by Youngstown State (72 points) and Wright State (75 points). YSU captured the women's race with 36 points. The Penguins were followed by UIC (58 points) and the Golden Grizzlies.
Cassandra Peterson finished in 18th place with a time of 19:28.24 and Sarah Oren was not far behind in 21st place in 19:33.49. Other notable finishes for the men were Bryce Stroede with a 15th place finish in 26:33.59 and George O'Connor breaking the top 25 in 24th place with a time of 26:51.15.
OU still has one meet left on its schedule on Nov. 15 - the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, which will take place in Madison, Wis.