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Oklahoma Baptist Runners Best NAIA Preview Meet Fields

October 14, 2013
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By: Ray Fink, Oklahoma Baptist Sports Information Director

LAWRENCE, Kan. Oklahoma Baptist’s Adam Godwin and Hannah Helker won the NAIA National Preview Meet in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday.
 
Godwin covered the eight kilometers in 24:34.21 after Helker ran a 17:02.46 in the five kilometers and won by more than a minute.
 
Godwin beat 271 other runners and paced the 13th-ranked Bison to a fourth-place finish behind No. 3 Aquinas, No. 8 Lewis-Clark State and No. 4 Shawnee State in the 30-team field, including eight Top 25 teams.
 
Cameron Sprague was 25th at 26:02, Sam Whelan was 36th at 26:13, Austin Germiller was 40th at 26:17 and Zack Cates rounded out the scoring in 49th at 26:26. Landon Franz finished in 26:43, Fred Titera in 27:12, Caleb Wolters in 27:18 and Cesar Sanabria made is OBU debut with a 27:48.
 
Helker finished ahead of 267 runners from 30 teams, including 10 NAIA Top 25 squads. OBU finished third as a team with 150 points and behind No. 9 Dordt and No. 14 Taylor. The Lady Bison were ahead of No. 10 Lewis-Clark State.
 
Whitney Warfield ran an 18:55 for 12th place, Lauren Wood was 34th in 19:21, Miranda Dent was 50th at 19:32 and Johanna Kleinsasser was 59th at 19:39 to finish off the scoring. Kelsey Graham finished in 20:36, followed by Kati Grandstaff at 20:40.
 
Meanwhile in Shawnee, the rest of the OBU runners were in action in the OBU Invitational.
 
The short-handed men placed fifth among 10 teams, led by Patrick Lee in 27th at 27:00. Josiah Soap was 36th at 27:25, Nathan Whitson was 43rd at 27:39, Zach Medlin was 54th at 28:26 and Tommy Uglean rounded out the scoring in 56th at 28:29. Jordan Masterson finished in 28:31 and Nathan Reed at 29:31 for the final OBU place holders.
 
The Lady Bison placed fourth among nine schools. Joanna Gibbs was 23rd to lead OBU at 20:13, followed by Lauren Franz at 20:18, Krista Stadler at 20:23, Morgan Marshall at 20:36 and Emily McCarthy at 20:46. Hannah Stadler (20:50) and Emily Banks (20:56) finished the place holders for OBU.
 
OBU returns to action Oct. 26 at the Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kan.