Sunday, November 21, 2010

RSU Cross Country's Caleb Clark is national contender

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Rogers State’s inaugural cross country program set out to reach their ultimate goal of the season. Each runner ran their fastest race at the Sooner Athletic Championship meet in Shawnee, Okla., setting new personal records.

The men’s and women’s team rounded out their season finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

“I was very pleased with the results of both teams,” said Chris McCormick, RSU cross country head coach. “I don’t think that anyone would have picked us in our first season of our existence to get sixth and seventh in the conference.”

Caleb Clark led the way for the men’s team. His time of 25:04 in the 8k race not only rewarded the Bartlesville, Okla. native a 10th place finish, but also an at-large bid to compete at the NAIA Cross Country Championships in Vancouver Washington.

Freshmen Brandon Payne finished with a time of 26:52, placing 33rd and Oscar Reyes placed 47th with a time of 28:08. Sophomore Josh Maggard finished 75th followed by junior Josh Phillipi.

On the women’s side 5k, Coach McCormick’s top three runners finished less than 15 seconds from each other. Senior Kendall Clement came out on top for the Hillcats placing 27th with a time of 21:16. Senior Jessie Zingo crossed the finish line with a time of 21:29 placing 32nd followed closely by Breanna Harrison at 21:45 for 36th.

Freshman Tiffany Russell placed 52nd and sophomore Ashlie Fauchier rounded out the group finishing 63rd.

The 55th Annual Men’s 8k event will take place at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 20 at 11:45 a.m.


Caleb Clark placed 103rd out of 326 runners with a time of 26:37 in the 8k race at the 55th Annual Men's Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Washington.

Photo by Erica Taylor

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