Sept. 25, 2013
Oklahoma State cross country will host the 76th-annual Cowboy Jamboree, this Saturday, Sept. 28, at the OSU Cross Country Course, in Stillwater.
How to Follow the Meets
Fans can come watch the meet in person, as it is free to the public.
Online, fans can follow the action live on Twitter by following @run4okstate for updates. Final results will be published on www.okstate.com
On Saturday, the women’s JUCO/College division 5,000 meter race begins at 8:00 a.m., and will be immediately followed by the men’s JUCO/College 8,000 meter race at 8:35 a.m. The women’s university division 5,000 meter race gets started at 9:15 a.m., and the men’s university division 8,000 meter race starts at 9:45 a.m.
Quoting Coach Dave Smith
On going up against No. 2 Northern Arizona:
“I think it’s good to be tested early and see where you are. I’m thrilled that teams like Northern Arizona, Michigan and Furman are coming. Northern Arizona has come to the Jamboree several times in the last few years--they just decided to take a hiatus last year. I think it’s good for the sport and our team. It’s good all the way around to have good competition.”
On some of the top runners getting to run their first race of the year:
“At this time of the year, it’s hard for our most competitive athletes. They’re training very hard without a chance to really go out there and measure themselves, so some of our top guys are really ready to go. They want to go out and run well. None of these guys want to lose to anybody.”
On what he expects from the women’s team:
“I think the women have been really competitive and done a great job. I think the races we’ve competed in have gone well, considering we haven’t ran a full-strength team yet. Just like the guys, we have Monika [Juodeskaite], who is an All-American level athlete and hasn’t gotten to compete yet. She is going to run aggressively this weekend.”
No. 1 vs. No. 2
According to this week’s USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Poll, the Jamboree will feature a monster matchup between the top two men’s squads in the country--No. 1 Oklahoma State, and No. 2 Northern Arizona.
Last Year At the Cowboy Jamboree
The Oklahoma State men’s and women’s cross country teams both won their third-straight Cowboy Jamboree.
Shadrack Kipchirchir led the way for the No. 2 Cowboys, sprinting away with the individual championship. Kipchirchir and UTEP’s Anthony Rotich finished the race in a dead heat with
Kipchirchir crossing the finish line at 24:29.17, .09 seconds ahead of Rotich.
As a team, the Cowboys took five of the top 10 spots. Joseph Manilafasha (24:35.29) finished in third-place, crossing the finish line just ahead of teammate Girma Mecheso (24:42.25). Fabian Clarkson (24:55.42) finished in sixth-place, Kirubel Erassa (24:58.42) finished in ninth-place and Brian Gohlke (24:59.26) rounded out the top 10.
For the Cowgirls, Monika Juodeskaite finished in third-place with a time of 17:25.71, improving on her 22nd-place finish in 2011. Her time also put her 14th all-time for OSU women in the 5,000-meters. Kate Kujawa finished in seventh-place with a time of 18:07.20.
Last Time Out
On the men’s side, the Cowboys picked up four individual top-10 finishes and took second as a team, right behind Eastern Kentucky. Osborn (24:04.71) took sixth, Chad Noelle (24:11.16) finished right behind him in seventh, Brian Gohlke (24:13.92) took ninth and Neal Smith (24:14.44) finished 10th. All seven Cowboy runners finished in the top 28.
The Cowgirls started toward the back of the pack, but made a late charge to finish fourth as a team. OSU earned top-10 finishes from Nightingale (sixth) and Hurricane Festival champion Adela Hofmannova (eighth). The women also landed all seven runners in the top 28.
In The Polls
OSU men’s cross country remained No.1 in the Midwest Region for the 37th-straight week, and No. 1 in the nation for the sixth-straight week. The Cowboys have been ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Region in each week since the inception of the USTFCCCA Regional Polls.
On the women’s side, the Cowgirls are No. 2 in the Midwest Region, and No. 22 in the nation. They are the highest-ranked Big 12 team.
Success At the Jamboree
Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls are looking for their fourth-straight Cowboy Jamboree team titles. The Cowboys have won five of the last six Cowboy Jamboree team titles.
Overall, the OSU men have won the Jamboree 18 times, 12 of which have occurred since 1957, when the current race format was implemented. Since the women began competing in 1977, the Cowgirls have won the Jamboree eight times.