BETHANY – The Drovers came in to their second meet to improve on their times from the previous meet and they did just that on Saturday morning at the OCU Fall Classic.

With each runner improving on the first meet’s time, it was first time runner for the Drovers Robert Dupoint, who had the best for the team in Saturdays 6-kilometer race.

Dupoint came in with a time of 21:55.38, which was good enough for a sixth place finish at...

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CHICKASHA – In just its second season, the cross country team at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is looking to continue to improve and build on last year’s performance.

“One of the biggest goals is just to be better than we were last year. We are still trying to build, and we are still trying to get strong runners in so we can really begin competing,” said Leandra Johnson, men’s and women’s cross country head coach...

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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...