FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Oklahoma Baptist took second in Division II at the Chile Pepper Festival, placing ahead of No 12 Dallas Baptist.
Abby Hoover led in fourth at 17:20.3 in the 5k. Sydney Lawrence followed in eighth at 17:38.8 and Kaylee Crowson was 14th at 17:44.4.
From the mile mark to the finish, OBU's top five women moved up. Abby Hoover gained seven spots, Sydney Lawrence up 13, Kaylee Crowson up seven, Emily Sechrist up nine, Zoya Timoshenko up 29, and Tesa Potter up 13. Megan Allen also gained 39 places from the mile to the finish.
Still in the top 30, Emily Sechrist and Zoya Timoshenko placed 24th at 17:59.3 and 28th at 18:08.7, respectively. Tesa Potter was 41st at 18:28.2, Daisy VanMeter was 64th at 19:02.3 and Megan Allen was 74th at 19:14.9.
The Lady Bison went into the race with a strategic mindset, which proved effective.
"All the girls ran really well and really smart," said Coach Matt Kennedy. "We focused internally, controlling everything that we could control."
The average for the Lady Bison was 17:46.30, which is a new school record.
"This breaks the record the girls set two weeks ago in Joplin, which was 18:03," said Kennedy. "Our goal was to go under 18:00 and we did it."
Overall, in Divisions I and II, Oklahoma Baptist placed third.
"The team was in sixth at the mile mark," said Kennedy. "With all five top girls moving up between the mile and the finish, we finished third overall."
Arkansas (DI) took first at 33 points, No 21 ranked Colorado School of Mines (DII) took second at 98, and Oklahoma Baptist (DII) took third at 133. No 11 ranked Dallas Baptist took fourth at 146, followed by Missouri State at 188, Oklahoma City at 205, Texas Tech at 221, Trinity Texas at 243, Wayland Baptist at 272, Texas State at 307, UT-Arlington at 317, UIW at 334, East Central at 366, and Central Arkansas at 417.
The Lady Bison finished ahead of all but one Division I teams, and one Division II team.
"It was team today," said Kennedy. "It was everyone performing at a high level."
The Lady Bison had a strong showing in Arkansas and are looking forward to their home meet on Saturday, Oct. 7th.