OKLAHOMA CITY (July 16, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian cross country runners could compete in as many nine races during the upcoming season, coach Wade Miller said Tuesday.
OC’s men’s team has won a national title each of the past two years, taking the NAIA crown in 2011 and the NCCAA championship in 2012. The Eagles have four runners back who ran at the NCCAA meet last year – Roberto Diaz, Bryant Keirns, Brennym Kaelin and Timothy Zuercher.
Sophomore Tara Lewis will lead a revamped OC women’s team this season after running in the top 50 at the NCCAA Championship meet last November.
OC’s teams will open the season Aug. 31 in Tulsa at the Tulsa Hurricane Cross Country Festival. The following week, OC runners will compete in either the Strohman Dental/Midwestern State Stampede in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Sept. 5 or the annual Central Oklahoma Land Run on Sept. 7 in Edmond.
Then come four staples of OC’s schedule – a trip to Joplin, Mo., for the Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 21; the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater on Sept. 28; the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 5; and the Oklahoma Baptist Bison Invitational on Oct. 12.
OC will compete for the first time in the Heartland Conference Championship on Oct. 26 in Mansfield, Texas. The Eagles and Lady Eagles will be allowed to run in the race and compete for individual honors, but not for team titles.
The NCCAA Championship meet is set for Nov. 16 in Cedarville, Ohio.