LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma State University won the men’s team title and the University of Oregon captured the women’s team crown at the first NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in the state of Kentucky Saturday afternoon at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville.
Oklahoma State, which entered the meet ranked first nationally, won its fourth team title in the last five years behind four top-20 scoring runners. Of the team’s five scoring runners, each earned All-America honors for finishing in the top 40 in the 10K race.
Individually, the men’s race was highlighted by Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka, who took first overall and shattered the five-year-old course record by nearly a minute, completing the race in 28:31.3. Liberty’s Josh McDougal previously held the course record with a time of 29:30.7, set at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Nov. 10, 2007.
Second-ranked Oregon opened the morning by winning its first national championship on the women’s side since 1987 behind solid 6K runs from Jordan Hasay, who finished second in scoring, third overall, and Alexi Pappas, who took third in scoring and eighth overall.
Similar to the men’s race, the women’s competition showcased some remarkable times. The top four finishers broke the one-year-old course record that was set by Villanova’s Sheila Reid at the 2011 BIG EAST Championships. Iowa State’s Betsy Saina took first overall with a 6K time of 19:27.9 to lead the Cyclones to an 11th-place showing.
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