Women’s cross country prospers in Cowboy Jamboree
Amelia Mallatt | Sports Writer
The Pitt State women’s cross country team finished 11th out of 20 teams in the 75th Annual OSU Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Stillwater, Okla.
Pitt State junior Melissa Peden competed well with the Division I runners from Indiana, Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts and took 24th place with a time of 18:07.52 in the 6k.
“My only two goals of the meet were to beat Missouri Southern’s No. 1 girl and to win a T-shirt and that’s what happened,” Peden said.
Pitt State junior Kaley Temaat was the next Pitt State runner to cross the finish line with a time of 19:12.64, giving her 67thplace.
Pitt State freshman Alex Moase came in roughly two seconds behind Temaat, taking 70th place with a time of 19:14.59.
Head coach Russ Jewett said the Jamboree is challenging because unlike most other sports, cross country competes against a variety of levels in some of the meets.
“Peden ran a great race,” Jewett said. “We had a difficult plan and she executed it. Our second Pitt State girl to cross the line, Temaat, has never run on this course before and I’m proud of her effort.”
The next race is the 5k MIAA vs. GLVC meet in Rolla, Mo., this Saturday, Oct 8.
“This meet is only D2 schools, which means a lot of parity, similar in size and resources,” said Jewett. “It’s nice to be familiar with the teams and it makes it easier to see results due to the evenness.”