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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– With the season coming to an end for women’s cross country, the Drovers finish off the 2013 campaign with an 8th place at Sooner Athletic Conference meet on Saturday morning.

The Drovers faced their fair share of hardships in the season but found a way to secure several personal records — as well as team records — for a second-year program at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

“I’m pleased with...

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CHICKASHA – The NAIA Mid-States Classic proved to be a strong race for the Drover women, who set their season and career bests in the Saturday morning race in Winfield, Kan.

As a team, the Drovers finished 24th of 29 with a total time of 1:54:05.83, or 22:49.17 average.

USAO’s fastest runner, Deborah Park, finished the 5-kilometer race in 20:57.21, nearly 30 seconds faster than her career best set earlier this season....

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers continued their cross country season Saturday in the OBU Invitational in Shawnee.

The women’s team had five runners place at the meet, which gave them a ninth place finish as a team.

The top finisher for the Drovers was Deborah Park, who finished with a time of 21:39. It was her second best time of the season and gave her a finish in the top 50.

Also achieving her second best time of the season was...

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CHICKASHA – The Drover women faced tough competition on Saturday as 18 teams and more than 150 runners competed in their category at the OSU Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater.

The 5-kilometer course, known for being hilly, attracts runners from all over the area, including schools in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Five-kilometers is just longer than three miles.

Deborah Park was the first Drover to cross the finish line, coming in 99th...

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CHICKASHA – Just two meets into the 2013 cross country season and runners on both the men’s and the women’s team continue to improve their times. Captain Deborah Park, a sophomore on the squad, said the season is off to a great start.

“The season is going really, really well. It was quite a challenge last year. It was my first semester in school and in cross country,” Park said. “After first semester, I’ve learned so much … so we...

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BETHANY – At the second event of 2013 season sophomore Deborah Park sets her personal record and finished ninth at OCU Fall Classic in Bethany on Saturday.

Drover cross country team finished in second place to Oklahoma City University, and had two runners in the top 10 at the race.

Every Drover runner improved on their previous meet time by an average of two minutes.

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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...

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CHICKASHA – Two Drovers recorded their best times in Saturday’s Sooner Athletic Conference Championship meet at Oklahoma Baptist.

In the meet, both Tabby Bailey and Katie Jones finished the five-kilometer race faster than they have all season. Bailey, who sat out injured in the previous race, finished in 21:30.60, 25 seconds fast than she did a month ago.

Jones cut just a second off of her previous record, which also...