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CHICKASHA – The Drover women came in second to conference foe Oklahoma City in the Oklahoma City Open on Saturday, led once again by Brittni Kent, who was the second female to cross the finish line.

Kent, who came in second to Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Allie Antrim, posted a time of 21:24.95 for the five-kilometer race. Not far behind her was Beatriz Rey, who came in sixth with a time of 22:22.13.

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CHICKASHA – After four years of running up and down the basketball court, senior Tabby Bailey has turned her efforts to running longer distances. Bailey joined the USAO cross country team, which is in its first year.

“I ran cross country in high school and I really liked it then so I felt like this was another opportunity for me to shine,” she said.

Bailey, who ran a 22:19 five-kilometer race earlier this month, said...

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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.

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CHICKASHA – Against stiff competition, the Drover women raced in the UCO Land Run on Saturday morning to open the first season back for women’s cross country at USAO.

Nearly 70 participants raced in the five-kilometer race.

Leading the Drovers was Brittni Kent with a time of 21:22.47. Kent, a junior from Sapulpa, rushed back after the meet to play in the Drover women’s soccer game, also Saturday morning.

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers are ready to hit the ground running — literally — as USAO welcomes back cross country, debuting Sept. 8.

In its first year, head coach Leandra Johnson said she expects her teams to continue to work hard all throughout the season. She collected a team of six women and five men.

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CHICKASHA –After more than 15 years, the Drovers have brought cross country back to USAO, led by head coach Leandra Johnson.

Johnson has created a strong core of six female and five male runners who she expects to really begin impressing people this first year.

“Once we get training and meets keep going, I think all of our runners will step up,” she said. “I expect a lot out of them.”

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The In the Saddle crew bring on a very special guest in a short In the Saddle promo to show you what to expect out of Drover athletics this season! Meet Dusty the Drover and hear inside his head on this special show!

In the Saddle will begin its fall shows on Aug. 23 with Coach Jimmy Hampton with USAO Soccer.

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CHICKASHA – Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.

It was 1972, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts began entertaining Chickasha as college athletics found its way to the community.

CHICKASHA – Coach Leandra Johnson has announced that open tryouts for USAO’s new cross country team will be March 28.

The tryouts are open to all USAO and high school students. Female athletes will be running a five kilometer — or 3.1 mile — course while male athletes will run an eight kilometer — or five mile — course.

“The two things I look for in recruits is that they are extremely hard working and have good character...

CHICKASHA – Assistant women’s basketball coach Leandra Johnson said the Drover women adjusted to and responded well to the bad luck and difficulties the team experienced this season.

“They overcame it very well. They responded like adults would,” Johnson said. “We came to practice every day and did what we were supposed to do, and we went and played.”

Now with the season over, Johnson is looking into the off season to help...