NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men’s cross country team finished ninth and the women’s team placed 27th at the 2013 Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday.
The No. 3 regionally-ranked men’s team finished ninth out of 52 teams in the meet’s Blue race. The top finisher for the Sooners was Abbabiya Simbassa, who finished the 8,000 meter course 12th overall with a time of 23:41.
Brandon Doughty finished second for OU and 78th overall with a time of 24:27. Finishing behind Doughty was Eric Graf who placed 97th (24:33), followed by Patrick Gomez at 101st (24:36), Dan Schubert at 121st (24:46), Alex Deir at 160th (25:00) and Kyle Polman at 214th (25:15).
“The men had a solid day,” said Associate Head Coach Jason Dunn. “Abbabiya Simbassa ran very well for us up front.”
No. 2 nationally-ranked Colorado won the Blue race with an average time of 23:49.
The Oklahoma women finished 27th out of 35 teams in the White race on Saturday. Hilary Krein led the way for the Sooners in her first race of the season after finishing 12th in a time of 21:26.
The second Sooner to cross the finish line for the women was Elena Arriaza who finished 44th with a time of 22:00. After Arriaza was Ashley Guidot at 179th (23:41), Kesley McKee at 188th (23:47), Marissa Codispodi at 193rd (23:53), Bryce Perry at 205th (24:16) and Lane Maguire who finished 211th out of 227 runners (24:32).
The University of California won the White race with an average time of 21:28.
“We were hoping to beat a few more teams,” explained Dunn. “But we will be looking forward to a better day at the Big 12.”
The next appearance for Oklahoma cross country will fall on Nov. 2 in Waco, Texas, where the program will compete in the Big 12 Championships.