Runners excel in Oklahoma

At last weekend’s Oklahoma State University Jamboree, Missouri Southern’s men’s cross country team had a strong showing.

The Lions finished just behind the Colorado Mines and Western State at the competition.

Southern placed third overall in the competition, earning 187 points.

Sophomore distance runner Eric Schott from Cape Girardeau, Mo., placed No. 27 overall, paving the way and finishing with the fifth-highest time among Division-II runners at 25:28.22.

Adrian Todd, sophomore from Kickapoo, Mo. earned 40th place with a time of 25:55.26. Sophomore distance runner

Andrew Webster from St. Peters, Mo., followed just behind Todd with a No. 53 finish and a time of 26:15.11.

“We didn’t pack up quite as well as we should have, but overall just the times have turned out pretty well. We figured out that we need to do hills, at least work on it a little bit. This was a running experience. We came out pretty well,” Webster said.

Sophomore Colton Wooldridge from Farmington, Mo., finished with a time of 26:29.99 earning a finish of No. 61.

Wooldridge was followed by junior Jake Benton and freshman Ryan Jackson respectively placing 69 and 73 with times of 26:38.74 and 26:40.67.

“We beat a lot of good schools,” Rutledge said. “If we pack up and get our pack time up, I think we’ll get pretty good, that’s our biggest concern.”

“To win conference, to win regionals and to place in the top eight in the nation, we’re going to have to get our pack times up. And if we do, we can be pretty good.”

This weekend, the Lions will be competing at the Missouri S&T Jackling Jocks Invitational in Rolla, Mo.