JBU teams fin­ish third at SAC meet

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - From JBU Sports In­for­ma­tion

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — The John Brown Univer­sity women’s cross coun­try team posted its best time since 2014, and fresh­man Al­lika Pear­son ran to a spot at the NAIA Na­tional Cham­pi­onships as the Golden Ea­gles clinched third place at the 2018 Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Meet on Satur­day morn­ing at Wood­son Park.

Pear­son couldn’t have picked a bet­ter time to sub­mit a new per­sonal col­le­giate-best mark (19 min­utes, 26 sec­onds) and fin­ished the 5,000-meter event in eighth place over­all. Her fin­ish guar­an­teed a spot on the All-Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Team (top 15 times) and a slot at the NAIA na­tional meet on Nov. 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The fresh­man’s ef­fort set a new pro­gram record — the high­est in­di­vid­ual fin­ish at the SAC Cham­pi­onships in pro­gram his­tory — as Pear­son joined Va­lerie Kliewer and Melissa Roth, both in 2010, as the only All-Con­fer­ence se­lec­tions in pro­gram his­tory.

Se­nior Rea­gan Roth closed out her col­le­giate ca­reer by post­ing her sec­ond-best time of the sea­son (20:27) to earn 20th place. Sopho­more Sarah Lar­son (20:31) crossed the fin­ish line just four sec­onds later to nab 22nd. It was her sec­ond-best time of the sea­son as well.

Fresh­man Em­i­lie As­beck scored for the sixth time this year, land­ing in 25th place (21:16) and se­nior Kylie Tucker closed her ca­reer out in 26th (21:25), her best time of the sea­son.

As a team, John Brown posted its best time at the SAC cham­pi­onships since 2014 (1:40:51), by hand­ing in a com­bined ef­fort of 1:43:05, eclipsed only by its team time at the Mis­souri South­ern State Stam­pede on Sept. 15. Ly­dia Mato claimed the medal­ist hon­ors and helped Ok­la­homa City claim an­other con­fer­ence ti­tle as five of the top 10 fin­ishes were from the Stars.

Men

Sopho­more Ben Martin and se­nior Ja­cob Ben­jamin both earned All-Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence hon­ors and the John Brown Univer­sity men’s cross coun­try team closed out the sea­son with a third place fin­ish in the men’s race.

Martin led the Golden Ea­gles with an eighth place fin­ish (26:46), good enough to earn him a spot at the NAIA na­tional meet on Nov. 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Join­ing Martin on the All-Con­fer­ence list was Ben­jamin, who crossed the fin­ish line in 13th place (21:16). Se­nior Josh Uzelac closed his ca­reer by fin­ish­ing just 13 sec­onds later in 16th place (27:25). Martin, Ben­jamin and Uzelac scored in all six meets this sea­son for John Brown.

Se­nior Michael Games scored and submitted his best time in his last col­le­giate race to fin­ish 18th (27:27) and sopho­more John Un­ruh’s time of 28:13 earned him 24th over­all.

John Brown (2:17:03) landed its sec­ond-best team time of the sea­son, but it was Ok­la­homa City who won the meet, led by medal­ist Os­car Kip­ko­ros (25:03).

Randy Roth/Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

John Brown fresh­man Al­lika Pear­son, right, of Siloam Springs, fin­ished eighth over­all at the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Meet on Satur­day at Wood­son Park in Ok­la­homa City. Pear­son earned a spot in the NAIA Na­tional Meet on Nov. 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Randy Roth/Spe­cial to the Her­ald-Leader

John Brown cross coun­try run­ners take off in the Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Meet held last Satur­day at Wood­son Park in Ok­la­homa City.

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