Women's Cross Country Takes First In Cowboy Jamboree
Sept. 30, 2017

STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 16 Ole Miss women's cross country team took first place and knocked off a national top-10 team while the No. 22 Rebel men finished a narrow second at the 81st running of the Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday.

Led by seniors Hannah Christen with a third-place finish and time of 20:58.8 and Emily Bean in fifth place and a time of 21:06.6, the Rebel women claimed first out of 12 teams with 44 team points in the six-kilometer race. Ole Miss edged out ninth-ranked Penn State (second place, 48 points) and host No. 22 Oklahoma State (fourth place, 111 points), as well as fellow SEC rival Missouri (third place, 104 points) – who were led by meet champion and defending NCAA champion Karissa Schweizer.

All five Rebel women’s scorers finished in the top-13 spots, with freshman Clio Ozanne-Jaques (11th, 21:12.5), senior Shelby Brown (12th, 21:13.4) and junior Anna Braswell (13th, 21:31.9) finishing behind Christen and Bean.

The No. 22 Rebel men’s cross country team finished a close second behind hosts No. 9 Oklahoma State, coming up short by just two points at 42-44. The men’s team was led by seniors Sean Tobin (third place, 24:26.6) and Derek Gutierrez (fifth place, 21:06.6), leading Ole Miss ahead of No. 28 Tulsa (fifth place, 135 points) and SEC rival Missouri (sixth, 143).

“Overall, we are very pleased with the teams' performances in Stillwater,” said head coach Ryan Vanhoy. “The women did a great job executing the race plan over the final 2K in a very close battle with Penn State. To come in and knock off a top-10 team is a great sign and was our goal coming into the weekend. Hannah Christen and Emily Bean did a great job leading the way for us, and Clio Ozanne-Jaques really stepped up well in her collegiate debut.

The Rebel men had a strong team effort of their own, putting all five scorers in the top-15. Finishing behind Tobin and Gutierrez were freshman Parker Scott (ninth, 24:48.5), senior Ryan Manahan (12th, 25:03.2) and junior Taylor Caldwell (15th, 25:04.7).

“The men also ran a very smart race and just came up a little short against a strong team on their home course,” Vanhoy said. “Sean Tobin ran a very patient race and looked good in his season debut. I thought our guys behind Sean did a nice job of racing together and executing our pack-running strategy for this meet.”

The Rebels will be back in action Oct. 14, when the Rebels will head to Louisville for the annual Pre-National Invitational.

“I was very proud of the efforts all around and we look forward to getting back to work now heading into the Pre-Nationals,” Vanhoy said.

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3. Sean Tobin - 24:26.6
5. Derek Gutierrez - 24:43.6
9. Parker Scott - 24:48.5
12. Ryan Manahan - 25:03.2
15. Taylor Caldwell - 25:04.7
17. Brandon Harvey - 25:11.6
21. Waleed Suliman - 25:20.0
Trevor Gilley - 25:25.0
Nolan Hesse - 25:33.6
Ben Savino - 25:38.3
Dylan Day - 26:07.6
Tyler Moore 26:17.2

3. Hannah Christen - 20:58.8
5. Emily Bean - 21:06.6
11. Clio Ozanne-Jaques - 21:12.5
12. Shelby Brown - 21:13.4
13. Anna Braswell - 21:31.9 
20. Kat MacNeal - 21:51.9
21. Nicole Rice - 21:53.3
Madeleine King - 22:16.6
Julia England - 22:36.7
Maddy Nikkel - 22:37.2
Victoria Simmons -  22:39.1
Emma McClellan -  22:40.6
Alexa King - 22:56.4
Chelsea Drum -  23:17.8






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