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 with a race time of 22:35.49 — beating out her time last year on the same course by 30 seconds.
Just 30 seconds after Park was Kylie Parker, a freshman cross country runner and women’s basketball player. Parker, who placed 119th, finished in 23:09.24.
Aspen Burroughs finished each kilometer in just under five minutes, for a final finishing time of 24:51.74.
USAO’s four other runners fell in minutes later with times ranging for 27 minutes to 35 minutes for the course.
As a team, the Drovers finished with an average time of 24:56.23, which totaled 2:04:41.19. They came in 18th among competitors.
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.