CHICKASHA – In their first 8-kilometer race of the season, the Drover men came out looking to tackle a hilly course against stiff competition, racing among 153 competitors at the OSU Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday in Stillwater.
The Drovers, who have now completed three races this season, ran a 4-mile and a 6-kilometer race this season. The Jamboree was their first 8-kilometer, which translates to nearly five miles. The race attracts runners from all over the area, including schools in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.
The first Drover to cross the finish line was newcomer Robert Dupoint, who finished in 32:07.73. His time was good for 122nd in the race.
Just seconds behind him was freshman Elias Poolaw, of Anadarko, who placed 125th with a time of 32:36.04.
USAO’s two-sport athlete, Richard Murray, who also plays soccer, completed the course in 34:06.78 — more than six minutes faster than he ran the same course last season.
Sophomore Jeffrey Poolaw finished the Drovers off with a time of 35:06.53.
Because USAO only had four runners competing, they did not qualify for a team score. A team must have at least five runners in the race in order to be placed as a team.
The Drovers will get a couple weeks off before their next meet, which will be the OBU Invitational in Shawnee on Oct. 12. Race time is set for 8 a.m.