Jordan Beech, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications
EDMOND – Oklahoma Baptist women’s cross country opened up the season with a win in convincing fashion at the Central Oklahoma Land Run on the Wolf Trail in Edmond on Saturday morning.
For the fourth straight year, the Lady Bison took home the team honors by claiming four of the top five spots. With 21 points, OBU also posted its best score over that same timespan. All five scoring runners finished in the top eight.
“Overall, I thought we executed the race strategy extremely well,” said OBU coach Matt Kennedy. “We didn’t make any mistakes early and I was happy to see our girls moving up throughout the race.”
Sydney Lawrence posted the top time in the race, crossing the line in 18:33.7. Kaylee Large Crowson, Tesa Potter, Emma Downing and Allison Derry also finished strong in the lead pack. Crowson finished in 18:51.1 to claim a third place finish, and Potter finished fourth with a time of 18:56.6. Derry rounded out the scoring runners in eighth after crossing in 19:09.8.
A pair of freshmen also finished in the top 15. Alexzandria Jaimz finished in ninth after completing the course in 19:36.8, while Berkley Price placed 14th in a time of 19:45.4. Overall, OBU had the top four freshmen finishers in the race.
Other Lady Bison to compete at the Land Run included: Michaela Phipps (20:05.6, 19th), Sarah O’Bryan (21:04.0, 33rd), Allie Morton (21:32.5, 43rd), Zoe Jennings (21:40.1, 49th), Caitlin Mertz (21:58.5, 52nd), Ashley Scrivner (22:22.3, 55th), Mya Hudgins (23:01.0, 62nd), Abby McSheffrey (23:47.7, 68th) and Ashley Ellis (24:27.0, 70th).