WEATHERFORD – Oklahoma Baptist posted a perfect score at the Southwestern Oklahoma State Open Saturday with the top five spots, six of the top seven and all eight runners finishing in the top 17.
OBU’s 15 points was easily enough to beat Cameron (57), Southern Nazarene (67) and Northwestern Oklahoma State (156).
“The men ran well today, it’s rare to score a perfect 15 at a college meet so we were thrilled with the result,” said OBU Coach Mark Heard.
Jacob Jansen won the meet, covering the 8.224 kilometers in 26:18.17, followed by Patrick Harris in second at 26:23.58. DeAngelo Robles was third at 26:49.13, Nathan Crowson placed fourth at 26:53.19 and Garrett Elmore was fifth at 26:53.19.
Jarrett Ellis was seventh at 27:11.3 and Chris Lobaugh was 11th at 27:33.45. Gerardo Tarango placed 17th at 28:16.14.
"Jacob paced the field from the gun through the finish line, it’s hard to win a race from wire to wire,” Heard said. “His efforts in training are showing results. Patrick continues to be a consistent presence at the front, for a freshman he is proving to be a solid performer that gives us the needed fire power to be competitive. DeAngelo, Nathan and Garrett were awesome today! They ran with determination and passed athletes from other teams to give us the perfect score!"
Heard was pleased with the competitiveness across the team.
"With a solid 3 through 5 our team is closing the time gap from our No. 1,” said Heard. “This week our gap was only 35 seconds from Janzen to Elmore over 8,224 meters, the team is racing well as a unit and that makes me very proud. Teams like this are always competitive in big meets."