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O'Hare Places Third as Men's Cross Country Takes Fifth at Pre-Nationals

Senior Chris O'Hare finished third to lead the Golden Hurricane men to a fifth-place finish at the Pre-Nationals meet Saturday.
Senior Chris O'Hare finished third to lead the Golden Hurricane men to a fifth-place finish at the Pre-Nationals meet Saturday.
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Oct. 19, 2013

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Senior Chris O'Hare finished in third place with a personal-best 8K time of 23:32.91 to lead the Tulsa men's cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational meet Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

O'Hare's third-place finish paced the ninth-ranked Golden Hurricane as the team scored 159 points to place fifth, ahead of four other ranked teams. No. 2 Colorado took home the men's team title with 90 points, and No. 4 Oregon followed in second place with 113 points.

Sophomore Marc Scott ran a personal-best 23:57.67 to place 27th, senior Andrew Heyes placed 30th with a time of 24:00.20 and junior Danny Thater finished 32nd with a personal record time of 24:01.91. Junior Tim Rackers rounded out the TU scoring with a personal-best 67th-place time of 24:21.98.

"It was a good race, not a great race. I saw a lot more positives than negatives," Tulsa Head Coach Steve Gulley said of the men's race. "We left one of our runners at home, but Tim Rackers stepped up in the five-hole. We're glad we had someone step up for us there. We got a good gauge out of this weekend. This was one of the few races we've had good conditions. We feel pretty good coming out of here."

The Golden Hurricane women finished the 6K run in 34th place in a 49-team race that featured 13 ranked teams. Fifth-ranked Georgetown won the women's team race with 117 points.

Sophomore Rachel Baptista led the Hurricane with a 6K time of 21:32.77 to place 111th, and junior Natasha Cockram ran a 21:33.45 to finish 112th. Junior Brandi Krieg finished with a time of 22:02.00, freshman Stacie Taylor ran 22:23.37, and freshman Clara Langley rounded out the scoring for TU with a time of 22:23.37. The times for Baptista, Cockram, Taylor and Langley are all personal records.

"We're really young for this meet," Gulley said of the women's race. "We got our eyes opened up a little bit. We took our lumps and we'll go on our way. It was a bit overwhelming (with 49 teams). There were 52 teams in the men's race. That was a bit overwhelming. The ladies are just extremely young."

The 52-team men's 8K race included nine schools ranked in the USTFCCCA Coaches Poll. TU finished in front of sixth-place No. 10 Princeton, seventh-place No. 1 Oklahoma State, eighth-place No. 19 Boise State and 21st-place No. 19 Indiana.

The Conference USA Championships are up next for the Golden Hurricane cross country teams. The meet will be run Nov. 2 in Denton, Texas.

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MEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1.  No. 2 Colorado - 90
2.  No. 4 Oregon - 113
3.  No. 18 Iona - 126
4.  No. 29 Stanford - 148
5.  No. 9 Tulsa - 159
6.  No. 10 Princeton - 276
7.  No. 1 Oklahoma State - 300
8.  No. 19 Boise State - 313
9.  Oklahoma - 409
10.  Southern Utah - 425
11.  Butler - 444
12.  Cal Poly - 464
13.  Montana State - 524
14.  Kansas - 527
15.  Duke - 586
16.  Southern Illinois - 591
17.  Penn State - 599
18.  Florida State - 618
19.  Virginia Tech - 622
20.  UC Davis - 628
21.  No. 19 Indiana - 632
22.  Texas Tech - 662
23.  Yale - 669
24.  Iowa - 677
25.  Lamar - 700
26.  Purdue - 716
27.  California - 724
28.  Ohio State - 733
29.  South Dakota State - 801
30.  Furman - 803
31.  William & Mary - 814
32.  Georgia Tech - 816
33.  Utah State - 823
34.  Cornell - 834
35.  Kentucky - 840
36.  UTEP - 848
37.  Liberty - 849
38.  Penn - 885
39.  Illinois State - 897
40.  Eastern Michigan - 913
41.  Loyola (Ill.) - 1016
42.  Wake Forest - 1053
43.  Lipscomb - 1054
44.  Miami (Ohio) - 1068
45.  Akron - 1074
46.  Indiana State - 1086
47.  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 1165
48.  Central Michigan - 1187
49.  Baylor - 1197
50.  Cincinnati - 1199
51.  Memphis - 1206
52.  McNeese State - 1315

WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS 1. No. 5 Georgetown - 117 2. No. 2 Florida State - 162 3. No. 20 Butler - 176 4. No. 16 Virginia - 191 5. No. 6 Oregon - 214 6. No. 14 Michigan - 219 7. No. 12 Colorado - 223 8. No. 21 William & Mary - 248 9. No. 11 Stanford - 275 10. No. 23 Princeton - 421 11. Boise State - 442 12. Mississippi - 450 13. No. 27 Penn State - 485 14. Toledo - 494 15. Kentucky - 547 16. No. 18 Villanova - 556 17. Cal Poly - 607 18. SMU - 623 19. Iona - 641 20. No. 19 Oklahoma State - 654 21. UTSA - 697 22. Northern Arizona - 724 23. Lipscomb - 738 24. Miami (Ohio) - 739 25. Ohio State - 740 26. Portland - 751 27. Southern Illinois - 774 Illinois State - 774 29. Lamar - 777 30. Kansas State - 779 31. Baylor - 809 32. Sacramento State - 818 33. Central Michigan - 839 34. Tulsa - 856 35. Wake Forest - 857 36. Kansas - 860 37. Utah - 909 38. UNC-Greensboro - 918 39. Purdue - 954 40. Montana State - 955 41. Ohio - 966 42. Eastern Kentucky - 983 43. Utah State - 986 44. Elon - 991 45. Arkansas State - 994 46. Penn - 999 47. Colorado State - 1117 48. UAB - 1160 49. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 1518

TULSA MEN INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 3. Chris O'Hare - 23:31.91 27. Marc Scott - 23:57.67 30. Andrew Heyes - 24:00.20 32. Danny Thater - 24:01.91 67. Tim Rackers - 24:21.98 256. Emmett Cookson - 25:33.74

TULSA WOMEN INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 111. Rachel Baptista - 21:32.77 112. Natasha Cockram - 21:33.45 192. Brandi Krieg - 22:02.00 194. Stacie Taylor - 22:02.06 248. Clara Langley - 22:23.37 276. Olivia Lopez - 22:38.24 295. Janessa Dunn - 22:54.59