Wallace Named All-Big 12 at Conference Meet

Andie Beene
By Andie Beene
Assistant Director of Communications

NORMAN — Led by an All-Big 12 performance from Belle Wallace, Oklahoma women's and men's cross country finished seventh and eighth, respectively, at the Big 12 Cross Country Championship. Saturday morning's conference meet took place at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas.

Wallace crossed the finish line 10th to pace the Sooner women. The senior's time of 20:36.9 marked her career-best 6K time. By finishing in the top 15, Wallace earned All-Big 12 honors for the second time in her career, with the first coming in 2015.

"We saw PRs across the board, but it wasn't enough to get the job done," OU associate head cross country coach Kevin Ondrasek said. "The synergy of the group is the best it's been, and it's only onward and upward from here."

Overall, the OU women recorded 188 points. Sarah Scott was the next Sooner after Wallace to finish, placing 23rd (21:02.1) in team scoring. Isabella Rose earned 29th (21:16.1), Hayley Redwine took 57th (22:27.8) and Sophia Fernald finished 60th (22:39.3).

Also representing the Crimson and Cream for the women were Morgan Long (22:50.0), CeCe Moore (23:07.7) and Grace Barber (23:11.1).

In the day's opening race, the OU men tallied 194 points to place eighth. Redshirt junior Brendan Taylor paced the Sooners, earning 24th in team scoring with a time of 24:43.7. This time marked Taylor's best 8K of the season and the first 8K below 25 minutes in his OU cross country career.

Taylor was followed by classmate Liam Meirow, who finished 33rd with his best 8K time of the year (25:00.1). Zach Gentry and Heath Warren crossed the finish line 43rd (25:18.6) and 44th (25:18.7), respectively, and Ryan Tuescher took 50th (25:38.1) in his collegiate postseason debut.

Other OU finishers were Andrew Doherty (26:00.0) and Chris Staub (26:27.5).

Up next, the Sooners head to Ames, Iowa, on Nov. 10 for the NCAA Midwest Regional.