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By Eric Scott
NWOSU Sports 

Ranger runners alter record books at Central Region Championships


November 18, 2018

JOPLIN, Mo. – A season of record-breaking runs came to an end Saturday morning as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University cross country teams competed in the NCAA Central Region Championships in Joplin, Missouri, hosted by Missouri Southern State.

The work Head Coach Jill Lancaster and her staff have done this year have been evident in the by the Northwestern record books. Saturday, the Ranger runners had six times in each the men’s 10K and the women’s 6K added to the top performances in school history.

Saturday’s success is the final paragraph of the 2018 chapter of Northwestern cross country that featured the men’s school record in the 8K broken on separate occasions by Garrison Blanton, as well as 12 Top 25 individual 8K performance from the men and 10 top individual performances by the women in 5K races.

Blanton, a sophomore from Ponca City, now owns the school record in both the men’s 8K and 10K races after he clocked a time of 32:39.20, shattering the previous mark by over one minute held by current NWOSU graduate assistant coach Sterlin Broomfield.

Junior Bryce Koenig (34:57.20) and freshman Noble Buckhaults (35:10.50) finished seconds apart from each other in the regional meet for the fourth and fifth 10K marks in program history, respectively. Sophomore runner Chris Kincaid crossed the finish line at the 36:32.30 mark for the eighth individual NWOSU performance and freshman Cody Schmidt sets ninth in program history at 36.44.

Sophomore Colton Reed rounded out the Ranger men’s finishers Saturday morning with a time of 37:30.4. He finished only four-tenths behind his 10K personal record set during the 2017 season.

“Since taking over we’ve had the ability to continue to improve,” said Coach Lancaster. “Obviously they re-wrote the record books for both the men and women. Both the men and the women are very youthful which bodes well for the future.”

In the women’s race, five of the six runners participating for the Rangers clocked times in the top eight in program history. Senior Kayla Gourley answered the call in her final cross country race as she finished at 25:15.90 for third in program history. She also holds the second top performance set last year at 25-flat.

Freshman runners Journey LeBeau (25:46.1) and Ladasheray Bell (26:08.9) logged back-to-back performances in the all-time 6K list, followed closely behind junior Jessalyn Rivet (26:12) for the fourth through sixth top marks.

Junior Crystal Castillo had an outstanding day as she finished the race with a time of 27:07.70 for the eighth individual performance in program history, and freshman Jean Dodds capped the season with a 30:40 for 15th.

Assistant coach Brock Hime echoed that of Coach Lancaster after the race.

“I’m very happy with our season overall,” said Hime. “We took another step in the right director under Coach Lancaster. If you look at our team averages from last year to this year, it’s very apparent that we are getting better and better.

“We are excited about our incoming class and I expect next year to be a huge jump out.”


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