Sept. 28, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Stephen F. Austin men's and women's cross country teams recorded sixth and seventh place finishes in the 77th annual Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree.
"They showed a lot of focus today," head cross-country coach Cody Clark said. "The men ran real smart, beating Furman, who was a nationally ranked team. The woman also did well, especially considering the meet was delayed two and a half hours due to rain."
Freshman Colby Mehmen paced the Lumberjacks, recoding a 29th place finish in 8,000-meter run. The Princeton, Texas, native, crossed the line with a time of 25:39.27 to record the only top finish on the team.
Fellow freshman Anthony Gallardo (25:43.53) and sophomore Nicholas Guerra (25:44.04) finished less than a half-second apart to take 31st and 32nd, respectfully.
"Mehmen, Gallardo and Guerra, all dramatically improved from their last race," Clark said.
Cody Brown recorded a time of 26:14.16 to finish 38th and Michael Barnett took 42nd with a mark of 26:21.41. Jonus Rodriguez (26:49.19) finished 51st to round out the men's field.
On the women's side, junior Laurie Byrd led the Ladyjacks, recording a 23rd place finish in the 5,000-meter run. The LaGrange, Texas, native, finished with a time of 18:42.99, to be SFA's lone representative in the top 25.
"Byrd ran a better race than she did here last year," Clark said. "I was also very pleased with Shelby Pesek and Becca Blubaugh. I thought Blugaugh really stepped up for us."
Pesek took 31st overall with a time of 19:03.74, while Blubaugh (19:22.49) finished 40th.
The tandem of Katrina Fite (19:34.74) and Samantha Ottman (19:39.73) finished 46th and 47th, respectfully.
"All these runners will continue to rain hard," Clark said. "We will get back to it tomorrow to get ready for the Crimson Classic."
SFA will be back in action on Oct. 18, when the two teams travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Crimson Classic.