Cross Country wins in Clarksville

At the Ozarks Invitational in Clarksville, Ark. on Saturday, the Golden Eagles men’s and women’s teams placed first and second, respectively.

The win by the men’s team was the first team win for the cross country program.

The men dominated in a 29-point effort in the 8K.

Sophomore Marcos Gutierrez came in second overall for the men at 27:27.

Juniors Tekste Gebreslasse (third), Caleb Fuller (seventh) and freshman Kenny Crane (eighth) also placed in the top 10.

For the women’s team, junior Melissa Roth led the Lady Eagles with a 19:52 run, good for a fourth place finish in the 5K.

“I was really pleased, “ said Roth. “I was hoping to drop time and I did.”

Sophomore Kari Miller (eighth) and junior Valerie Kliewer (ninth) also placed in the top 10, helping JBU to a 64-point second place effort, just outpacing the 69 points of Henderson State.

Roth, Miller and Kliewer all had personal records.

The win came after the team struggled in their last two races due to weather, according to Roth.

“It was a good race just to see we are improving,” she said.

Next up for both teams is the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational, which will be the first meet where the Eagles will see many of their conference opponents.

“The next meet will be good to measure where we’re at with other conference teams,” said Roth.

“I want to see how we are doing compared to other schools,” said Gutierrez.

The OBU Invitational will be Oct 6 in Shawnee, Okla.