Oklahoma Baptist Runners Best NAIA Preview Meet Fields
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.