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CHICKASHA – With just weeks to practice for the first meet of the season, Coach Leandra Johnson and her cross country teams have been focusing on overall fitness in preparation for competition.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will open the season at the UCO Land Run on Sept. 6.

“I think we’ll do pretty well,” Johnson said. “It’s always exciting to see how we will do the first meet because then it shows...

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CHICKASHA – As the third season for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Cross Country teams begin, the runners — and their coach, Leandra Johnson — are motivated to get out on the course.

The Drovers arrived on campus a week before school started — less than three weeks before the first meet. Johnson said the teams were concentrating on overall fitness in the early practices.

“We’ve just focused on really...

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CHICKASHA – After 40 years dedicated to the university’s athletic programs and more than a decade as an athletic director, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Brisco McPherson became the NAIA’s fourth member of the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame.

The John McLendon Minority Scholarship Steering Committee unanimously selected McPherson as this year’s inductee, who was a long-time men’s...

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CHICKASHA – One of the big milestones of a college athlete’s career is to win a championship in their sports, but the more important milestone is graduating with a degree.

All-in-all the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has 22 athletes who will be finishing up their collegiate career with a degree in their respective fields.

USAO conferred 72 degrees in Friday evening’s fall 2013 ceremony, one-third of which were...

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CHICKASHA – USAO’s own Matthew Crow, of the men’s cross country team, was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second year in a row.

Crow, a biology senior with a 4.0 grade point average, has been a member of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s men’s cross country team both seasons the program has been in existence.

“Matthew Crow as a student-athlete is an example of how hard work pays off in the...

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CHICKASHA– The second season for Drover men’s cross country came to an end at the Sooner Athletic Conference meet on Saturday morning and runners saw personal records in the race.

Since the final meet only having three University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma runners, the Drovers didn’t qualify for a team score.

Head Coach Leandra Johnson anticipated this season would be tough with injuries but was happy to see the...

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CHICKASHA – Nearing an end to the Drovers second season of cross country, freshman Elias Poolaw said the team, riddled with injuries, is just taking it one step at a time.

“The season’s been going good,” he said. “We’ve been taking it a meet at a time, and just taking it here and there.”

In Poolaw’s most recent race, he set a personal best, beating out his previous 8-kilometer time by just seconds. He said the reason had...

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CHICKASHA – Even though the Drover men were only three strong, they each had a great meet personally on Saturday afternoon at the NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kan., setting career and season records.

Since only three runners competed for USAO, they did not qualify for a team score.

Matthew Crow, who ran in 2012-13 but joined the Drovers this year mid-season, set a career best by finishing the 8-kilometer race in 30:28.31...

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CHICKASHA – The men’s cross country team came out at the OBU Invitational on Saturday, to build on the momentum they got at the previous meet in the OSU Cowboy Jamboree.

The Drovers did just that by having all members beating their previous 8-kilometer time of the season.

The Drovers placed three runners at the race, which doesn’t qualify them for a team score, as a team must have five runners to receive team points.


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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...