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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...

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CHICKASHA – Two Drover women set their own person records for five-kilometers in a Saturday race in Winfield, Kan.

Competing at Southwestern College, both senior Beatriz Rey and freshman Deborah Park recorded their best times to date.

Rey finished in 21:07.04, just seconds before her previously held record, while Park cut nearly a minute off of her time, finishing in 21:38.66. They were USAO’s second and third...

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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 – Four of the five USAO women’s cross country runners posted their best five-kilometer time in a meet at Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday.

Junior Brittni Kent beat her own school record, finishing the race with a sub 20 minute time. Cutting more than 30 seconds off her record, which she set just last week, Kent posted a time of 19:35.00. She finished the race 21st of 101 competitors.

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CHICKASHA – Two Drover women set personal records as the Drovers showed improvements on Saturday morning at the 76th Annual Cowboy Jamboree on the campus of Oklahoma State.

Brittni Kent, a junior from Sapulpa, recorded her fastest time with USAO, and in doing so set a new school record for the young program. She cut nearly a minute off her five-kilometer time, finishing in 20:10.99. Kent was 38th of 216 competitors and led the...