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Hammer, Lewis lead way for Lady Eagles at Missouri Southern Stampede

Maci Rich posted a career-best 5K time in the Missouri Southern Stampede.
Maci Rich posted a career-best 5K time in the Missouri Southern Stampede.

JOPLIN, Mo. (Sept. 21, 2013) – Layne Hammer finished 41st and Tara Lewis was 51st to lead Oklahoma Christian’s women’s cross country team on Saturday morning at the Missouri Southern Stampede.

In the team race, the Lady Eagles finished 12th among the 17 teams in the five-kilometer event with a team score of 338.

Hammer, a freshman from Greeley, Colo. – who led OC in the season-opening Central Oklahoma Land Run in Edmond two weeks ago – finished in a career-best time of 19:08.10, while Lewis, a sophomore from Edmond, posted a time of 19:30.00.

Two other OC freshmen also posted career-best 5K times, as Maci Rich was 83rd among the 151 runners, finishing in 20:18.74, and Katie Jones was 109th in 20:48.32.

Sophomore Maria Sargent finished three spots behind Jones in 20:55.43 and completed OC’s team scoring, while also breaking her personal-best time for the second time in as many meets.

Freshman Sarah Cobb completed her first collegiate race, finishing 119th in 21:15.36, and junior Tavia Hoheisel was 122nd in 21:25.48 while completing her first race of the season.

“It was really great weather and there were some really strong teams out there today,” OC coach Wade Miller said. “Overall, I’m happy with the way we performed. We wanted to focus on handling the middle of the race better than at the Land Run and I think we accomplished that.”

Southwest Baptist (Mo.) won the team race, posting a score of 34. Of OC’s Heartland Conference rivals, Newman (Kan.) was eighth and Arkansas-Fort Smith was ninth.

Jessica Macy of Pittsburg State (Kan.) took top honors individually with a time of 16:52.56.