October 6, 2003
Cowley runners gain experience against loaded field
STILLWATER, Okla. — Running against a field full of some of the toughest NCAA Division I programs in the country, the Cowley County Community College men’s cross country team gained some valuable experience Saturday at the Oklahoma State University Jamboree held in Stillwater, Okla.
Cowley’s men’s team finished 19th out of 25 teams, placing ahead of NCAA Division I programs Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Oklahoma, which was running its junior varsity team.
“We would have finished in the top three teams in the junior college division and (Joesphat) Boit would have won the (junior college) race, but we made a conscious decision to run the guys in the university division just to get the idea of what good really is,” Cowley coach Mark Phillips said. “We were very happy with how our guys competed. We are gearing toward the regional and national meet.”
Boit led Cowley runners with a 16th-place finish in the 8,000-meter race. His time of 24 minutes, 49 seconds was just 15 seconds off of his school-record time established at the Missouri Southern Stampede Sept. 20.
Mindi Pukotas, competing as an unattached runner, won the meet with a time of 24:06.
Cowley sophomore Jake Conley (27:04) and freshman Tim Marshall were the Tigers’ next-highest finishers as they placed 145th and 146th, respectively.
Other Cowley men competing were Julius Times (27:20), Mike Harney (27:36), Nathan Newby (28:11), and Jon Antar (did not finish).
There were 222 runners in the men’s race.
“The course was a real test,” Phillips said. “This course and Rim Rock at the University of Kansas are the two toughest courses in the Midwest. They are real cross country courses.”
Ruth Kinyanjui, the Cowley’s top female runner, was unable to compete at the meet as she is battling a knee injury. With Kinyanjui out of the lineup, Cowley was unable to run a full squad, so their performances did not count in the team scores.
However, sophomore Rachel Harper led the Lady Tigers with a 79th-place finish in the 3.1-mile college division race as she finished with a time of 21:31.
Freshman Sarah Hasenbank (21:52) also ran well and placed 101st, while Brittney Pennington (22:57) and Jenna Boswell (24:04) finished 140th and 166th, respectively. There were 209 competitors in the women’s race, which was won by Oklahoma Baptist’s Miriam Kaumba (17:51).
“The women ran well,” Phillips said. “They were a little disappointed. They thought after the Missouri Southern meet their times would keep dropping, but that’s not realistic.”
The Cowley cross country teams will now prepare for Saturday’s Ollie Isom Invitational at Butler County Community College in El Dorado. The women will run at 11:30 a.m. and the men will run at noon.
“We’ll try to stay healthy and keep progressing,” Phillips said. “It will be good to run against Butler County and see where we stack up against them.”
Men’s team scores: (1) Georgia, 85; (2) Arkansas, 94; (3) Kansas, 117; (4) Oklahoma State, 143; (5) Abilene Christian (Texas), 186; (6) Illinois, 189; (7) Stephen F. Austin, (Texas), 288; (8) Fort Hays State, 297; (9) Wichita State, 297; (10) Kansas State, 311; (11) Nebraska Wesleyan, 317; (12) Missouri Southern, 320; (13) Tulsa, 341; (14) Texas Tech, 362; (15) Southwest Missouri, 370; (16) Sam Houston (Texas), 374; (17) Mid-America Nazarene, 399; (18) Central Missouri, 448; (19) Cowley College, 517; (20) TCU, 521; (21) Northwood (Texas), 525; (22) Oklahoma, 530; (23) SMU, 540; (24) Lamar (Texas), 704; (25) Haskell Indian Nations, 786.
Cowley men’s results: 16, Josephat Boit, 24:49; 145, Jake Conley, 27:03; 146, Tim Marshall, 27:04; 163, Julius Times, 27:20; 175, Mike Harney, 27:36; 196, Nathan Newby, 28:11; Jon Antar, DNF.
Cowley men’s results in the college/junior college division: 94, Eric Johnston, 28:40; 132, Ryan Baker, 29:27; 134, Steven Schoon, 29:27.
Cowley women’s results: 79, Rachel Harper, 21:31; 101, Sarah Hasenbank, 21:52; 140, Brittney Pennington, 22:57; 166, Jenna Boswell, 24:04.