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CHICKASHA – Heading into their first meet of the 2013 season, Coach Leandra Johnson and the Drover cross country teams are ready to represent the university in the sport in its second year.

“I think the season is going to be alright. We’ve been practicing for about a week now,” Johnson said. “I think we will get better. We are going to be a little better than we did last year and that’s going to be our goal each year is to get...

Matt Crow and Aaron Manuel

CHICKASHA – Two Drover men’s cross country runners were honored this week by being named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Both Matthew Crow and Aaron Manuel earned the honor, which was awarded to 203 men across the country, in the Drovers’ first year of the sport.

A runner must be a junior or senior in academic standing and much maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to become a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-...

Jeffrey Poolaw

CHICKASHA – In the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships, freshman Jeffrey Poolaw recorded his best time to date for an eight-kilometer race.

Poolaw finished the course in 30:10, more than 25 seconds fast than he did in the previous race. This record is the second fastest time recorded by a Drover this season.

Matthew Crow was the Drovers’ second racer to finish, crossing the finish line at 32:21. Coming in right...

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CHICKASHA — Running among 218 other racers on Saturday, freshman Jeffrey Poolaw set his own personal record for an eight-kilometer course, beating out his time from earlier this month by nearly 25 seconds.

Poolaw finished the race, which is roughly five miles, in 31:36.05. He has improved his time steadily in each of the three eight-kilometer races USAO has competed in.

But it was Kieran Brennan who was the Drovers’...

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CHICKASHA – Albert Loveless, Jr., may have been the epitome of an interdisciplinary studies student at USAO in the mid-1990s. Loveless, an art student turned athlete, ran cross country for the Drovers in 1994, competing both seasons of the sport.

Now, using his art degree and a business sense, Loveless is the owner and operator of AllStar Screen Printing in Piedmont.

“I decided to start my own business and I didn’t...

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CHICKASHA – With less than a season under its belt, the USAO men’s cross country team is finding its stride, said junior runner Kieran Brennan.

“It’s been a progressive season. We started off OK, continuously throughout every race and every practice, we have been getting better and better,” he said. “It’s been a good season. It’s been difficult because it is new to a lot of us.”

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CHICKASHA – All five of the USAO men’s cross country runners who competed in Saturday’s Oklahoma Baptist Invitational improved their eight-kilometer times, one by as much as five minutes.

While all the runners had personal-best 8K times, senior Chisum Lane knocked more than five minutes — or a minute per mile — off his time from last week. He finished the race in 33:37.00.

Aaron Manuel, a junior from Sapulpa, also...

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CHICKASHA – Competing in their longest race to date, the Drover men continue to gain valuable experience competing against some top runners at Saturday morning’s 76th Annual Cowboy Jamboree on Oklahoma State’s campus.

At eight kilometers, roughly five miles, the Jamboree was the longest race for the men so far this season. Previously, they competed in 5K and 6K meets. It is also the largest race with more than 200 competitors in...

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CHICKASHA – The Drover’s cross country team saw improvements on split times at Saturday’s race, hosted by Oklahoma City University.

Freshman Jeffrey Poolaw was USAO’s top runner for the second meet in a row. Poolaw, who posted a time of 19:32.76 for the five-kilometer race, came in 13th among the racers.

Junior Matthew Crow made his cross country debut having joined after the first meet and came in second on the team...

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CHICKASHA – It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.

USAO will celebrate its 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics in first weekend of November. Registration, which is just $65 for a weekend full of events, is open currently, but prices will increase in less than two weeks. The deadline for early bird registration is Sept. 30.