Sept. 1, 2000
The University of Tulsa senior Tim Surface, from Jefferson City, Mo., won the men's portion of the sixth Annual Hurricane Cross Country Festival at Mohawk Park on Friday night.
The first place finish helped propel the Golden Hurricane into a first place team finish. TU had four runners finish in the top ten, as freshman Ben Orozco finished fifth overall followed by fellow freshman Justin Rempel in seventh and junior Brian Erwin in eighth. The Hurricane finished with 33 total points, while Southwest Missouri State tallied 39 points for second. The University of Oklahoma finished third followed by Oklahoma Baptist, Oral Roberts and Bacone College.
With all five scoring runners placing in the top ten, Southwest Missouri State women won the women's portion of the meet.
The Bears scored 31 points, outdistancing the University of Oklahoma who finished in second place with 55 points. Oklahoma Baptist finished third, followed by Oral Robers, Tulsa and Arkansa Tech.
Oklahoma Baptist junior Brandy Bratton, a Tulsa, Okla. native, won the event with a time of 11:30.
"Given the conditions, the heat and the first race of the year, I felt I ran really well," said Bratton. "The heat was really a factor in how I could push it, for fear of dehydrating."
The top Golden Hurricane runner was sophomore Sarah Haskins from Ballwin, Mo. With a time of 11:45. Freshman Camille Herron from Oklahoma City, Okla.
"The one thing we were focused on for this meet was the compete," said TU head coach Steve Gulley. "I am extremely proud of our kids. Given the heat, they ran the best race they could and that is what we wanted for this meet. We didn't come in this race with winning as our number one goal, we were just going to take it one step at a time. Our kids showed a lot of heart today, and you just can't coach that stuff.