NORMAN — In their final meet of the regular season, the Oklahoma men’s and women’s cross country teams earned 13th and eighth place, respectively, at the Crimson Classic on Friday morning.
The competition, which featured 26 men’s teams and 30 women’s teams in the university division, was held at the Harry Pritchett Running Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A total of 254 men and 280 women competed on Friday in the college and university divisions.
"We set the race up well and didn’t capitalize on it," OU cross country associate coach Kevin Ondrasek said. "We ran young. There were a few breakthrough performances, but for things to go right you’ve got to bat five for five."
The Sooner men hit the course first, scoring 359 points to place 13th in their division. Redshirt junior Liam Meirow paced the Sooners in the men’s 8K race, finishing 24th in team scoring with a time of 25:17.9. Brendan Taylor earned 49th (25:36.2) while Heath Warren took 64th (25:55.4). Rounding out OU’s scorers were Ryan Tuescher and Zach Gentry, who placed 100th (26:40.9) and 122nd (27:07.0), respectively.
Also representing the Crimson and Cream on the men’s side were Andrew Doherty (27:15.6), who made his OU debut on Friday, and Chris Staub (27:33.9).
The women finished the day by earning eighth place with 254 points in the university division. Seniors Sarah Scott and Belle Wallace led OU with top-20 finishes in the 6K race, claiming 12th (20:56.6) and 19th (21:15.1) in team scoring, respectively. Isabella Rose crossed the finish line 41st (21:40.3), Morgan Long earned 75th (22:14.6) and Grace Barber finished 107th (22:51.8).
Rounding out OU’s competitors on the women’s side were Sophia Fernald (23:11.5), CeCe Moore (23:12.6) and Hayley Redwine (23:13.1).
The Sooners are set to begin postseason competition on Oct. 28 at the Big 12 Cross Country Championship in Round Rock, Texas.