AMES, Iowa. – The University of Oklahoma men’s cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA Regionals on Friday in Ames, Iowa.
Oklahoma, No. 3 in regional rankings, finished the race with 154 points. Oklahoma State took first place with 45 points, followed by Tulsa with 57 and Iowa State with 113. Minnesota rounded out the top five finishing just two points behind the Sooners with 156.
The Sooners were led by Abbabiya Simbassa, who finished 13th overall after finishing the 10,000-meter race with a time of 30:43.54, just two seconds off the top 10 pace. Simbassa earns All-Region honors for finishing in the top 25.
Patrick Gomez was the next best finisher for Oklahoma, finishing 26th overall with a time of 31:05.14. Brandon Doughty finished 32nd with a time of 31:10.74, seven spots better than his performance at last year’s event. Behind Doughty was Eric Graf at 36th (31:14.84), Kyle Polman at 49th (31:25.39), Jacob Burcham at 50th (31:26.74) and Alex Deir at 134th (32:56.8).
Senior Hilary Krein and freshman Elena Arriaza represented the women’s team in the meet, finishing 13th (20:47.7) and 50th (21:39.0), respectively. Krein also earns All-Region honors for her finish in the top 25.
The Oklahoma men failed to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships, but are still eligible to earn an at-large bid into the meet. Simbassa and Krein are also eligible to receive an individual at-large bid to the title meet.
“Everybody ran hard out there today,” said Associate Head Coach Jason Dunn. “We just didn’t close out very well.
“Now all we can do is wait and see where to go from here.”
The NCAA Championships fall on Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. All qualifiers for the event will be announced by the NCAA on Saturday, Nov. 15.