By Kacey Stout
The sun’s radiant heat and mixture of sticky humidity made it a difficult run for Southwestern’s cross country team at the Oklahoma State University Jamboree. It is one of the oldest cross country tracks in the country dating back to 1937.
In regards to a game plan Nick Warnke, senior captain, said,” Since it’s a more difficult course we need to push on the flats and maintain position on the incline.”
Warnke finished the 8K in 27:17 and was a solid run in consideration of the boiling weather.
Caleb Jackson, junior business administration major, placed 7th running in a 28:24.
“It’s the hardest track we’ve ran with numerous hills and it was pretty humid today. Past years we have dealt with wet trails so the dry trails were nice for a change,” said Jackson.
The men run an 8K and the women run a 5K, but today the women’s team were short a runner due to an injury Wendee Harris sustained previously in the week. They could not place as a team because of the 5 member qualification rule. Despite the minor setback the Lady Builders performed well on this daunting track.
“We hangout as a team before our race and motivate each other for what our bodies are about to endure. We pray and then get ready to run,” said Becky Gamez, sophomore biology major.
The heat was a factor but the Builders kept strong with positive team reinforcement. The jamboree was just a stepping stone for when it comes down to Nationals in Lawrence on Nov. 22.
Kacey Stout is a junior majoring in communication. You may email him at email@example.com