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September 29, 2012

Mines Cross Country Impresses At OSU's Cowboy Jamboree

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Colorado School of Mines' cross country teams once again proved that they are not only some of the best runners in Division II, but some of the more talented across all the NCAA divisions as the Oredigger men captured runner-up honors and the women claimed sixth overall at the 76th Annual Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Competing amongst mostly Division I squads in the 19-team university division field, the men took second overall with 96 total points, topping fellow RMAC rival and defending national champion Western State in third by 20 points. Oklahoma State, the USTFCCCA's second-ranked Division I squad cruised to the team title with five runners in the top-7 positions, including individual champion Shadrack Kipchirchir.

Pacing the No. 4 Orediggers over the 8K OSU Cross Country Course was junior Andrew Epperson in 11th in a time of 25:08.59. Not far behind in the 178-runner field was sophomore Phil Schneider in 14th in 25:13.24, while reigning RMAC Men's Runner of the Week Sean Gildea edged teammate Derek Alcorn for 22nd, finishing in 25:34.25. Alcorn took 23rd in 25:35.09 and senior Neal Anderson rounded out the scoring with a time of 25:43.42, good for 26th.

With a total of 169 points, the women harriers earned sixth place in the 5K distance, trailing only a trio of Division I teams, fellow RMAC foe and 2011 NCAA Runner-Up Western State and West Texas A&M. The Cowboys, No. 23 in the latest national ballot, clinched the team crown with a final score of 41 as the OSU men and women both won their third-straight Jamboree.

For the third straight meet this season Mines was led by senior Hannah Schuster. The latest RMAC Women's Runner of the Week ran a season-best 18:46.74 to take 22nd out of 127 runners. Classmate Marie Patton grabbed 33rd, stopping the clock at 19:03.34, while sophomores Kirsten Farquhar and Chloe Gustafson and freshman Ann Joyce Miller finished together, earning 43rd, 45th and 46th, respectively.

Both squads are idle the next three weekends until the RMAC Championships, hosted by UC-Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Monument Valley Park.

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