JOPLIN – Oklahoma Baptist scored third in the Women’s 5k race at the First to the Finish Southern Stampede, just behind Dallas Baptist, who is ranked 25th nationally.

“They did not split out the D-I teams, so we were the second D-2 team,” said Coach Matt Kennedy. “We beat every team in the Central Region, substantially.”

Tulsa took first place with 39 points, followed by Dallas Baptist in second at 119, and OBU in third with 134 points. Wichita State was fourth at 139, followed by Arkansas at 194, then Southwest Baptist, Pittsburg State, Missouri State, Oklahoma City, Missouri Southern, Fort Hayes State, East Central, Midwestern State, Harding, Missouri S&T, West Texas A&M, Tamu-Commerce, Texas A&M International, Newman, Drury, Central Oklahoma, Rogers State, Arkansas Tech, Tamu-Kingsville, Southern Arkansas, Oklahoma Christian, Emporia State, Upper Iowa, Mizzou Running Club, U of A-Fort Smith, William Jewell, Lindenwood, and Lincoln.

A total of 33 Division One and Two teams competed in this event, bringing 279 athletes.

“It was good, to show up and make a statement,” said Kennedy. “That is what the girls wanted to do.”

Sydney Lawrence led the charge for the Lady Bison, placing eighth with a time of 17:39.86. Abby Hoover followed in 12th at 17:42, Emily Sechrist in 27th at 18:04, and Kaylee Crowson in 38th at 18:17.

“I’m really pleased with Sydney coming through and running really well,” said Kennedy. “We had strong performances from Abby and Kaylee, but not to their standard of excellence.”

Zoya Timoshenko placed 49th at 18:30, followed by Tesa Potter in 57th at 18:39, Daisy VanMeter at 19:08, and Megan Allen at 19:21.

“We got good improvement out of our five and six spots this week,” said Kennedy. “Zoya ran really well – a big PR for her – and then right behind her a big PR for Tesa Potter.”

The Lady Bison had a good showing, setting a new average record for the Women’s team.

“18:03 is the fastest average that we’ve ever had,” said Kennedy. “Previously it was 18:05 in 2015 at Harding, AR, with that team averaging 18:12 on this course the same year.”

“Overall it was a pretty good day, but we definitely did not run as well as we had hoped to,” said Kennedy. “We’re moving in the right direction, but we’re not where we want to be. We’ve got a lot of work to do between now and Arkansas.”

The Lady Bison will return to action on Sept. 30th at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, AR.