Oklahoma Baptist took first with the low score of 24 points. Oklahoma City followed at 39 and East Central, ranked ahead of the Lady Bison in the region rankings, came in third at 69.

EDMOND – The Lady Bison scored a win at their first cross country race of the 2017 NCAA season, at the Central Oklahoma Land Run.

Oklahoma Baptist took first with the low score of 24 points. Oklahoma City followed at 39 and East Central, ranked ahead of the Lady Bison in the region rankings, came in third at 69.

All five scoring athletes were in the top 10. Abby Hoover led the Lady Bison, scoring second place with a time of 18:10.52. Following her was Sydney Lawrence in third, Emily Sechrist in fourth, and Kaylee Crowson in fifth, at 18:26, 18:34, and 18:46, respectively. Zoya Timoshenko rounded out the scoring squad in 10th with a time of 19:15.

The Lady Bison placeholders were Tesa Potter in 13th at 19:28 and Daisy VanMeter in 20th at 19:36.

“It was good to see Abby Hoover back in an OBU uniform after red-shirting last season,” said OBU Coach Matt Kennedy. "Our first four runners worked together and executed the trace plan. Our next group of runners ran well. We need someone to step up and take that fifth spot and I was really pleased that Zoya was able to do that.”

Megan Allen (27th) came in at 19:59, Allison Derry (36th) at 20:21, Destinee Allen (54th) at 20:59, Ashley Scrivner (67th) at 21:38, Ashley Ellis (90th) at 22:41, Britney Hammans (91st) at 22:45, Grace Howerton (93rd) at 22:58, and Sarah O’Bryan (94th) at 23:00.

There was a total of 107 athletes competing in the women’s event.

Texas Wesleyan took fourth in team rankings with 135 points, followed by Central Oklahoma at 183, Rogers State at 184, Southwestern Oklahoma at 204, Arkansas Tech at 213, Southeastern Oklahoma at 241, Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Christian both at 282, and Northwestern Oklahoma at 345.

The Lady Bison are off to a great start and will return to action next Saturday, September ninth, at the Southwestern Oklahoma State Open.