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Texas prep standout Reed to run for Oklahoma Christian cross country team

LEWISVILLE, Texas (June 19, 2014) – Ben Reed, a standout runner at Flower Mound Marcus High School, will run on Oklahoma Christian’s cross country team starting with the 2014 season, OC coach Wade Miller said Thursday.

Reed has recorded personal-best times of 4:28.9 in the 1,600 meters, 9:56.6 in the 3,200 meters and 16:48 in the 5,000 meters for cross country.

“Ben comes from a very successful program at Marcus and I am thrilled that he is coming here next year,” Miller said. “He had some big breakthroughs in track season and I think he can carry that momentum into the cross country season.  He could very well factor into our top seven as a freshman.”

He is the fifth new runner to join the OC program for the 2014 season, along with Evan McQuirk of Van Alstyne, Texas; Sisay Gillock of Portland, Ore; Emory Lobley of Dalhart, Texas; and Tanner Cate of Fremont, Neb.

Reed will be joining an OC team that’s on a sustained run of success. The Eagles won the NAIA title in 2011, then took the National Christian College Athletic Association title in 2012 as the university -- located in Oklahoma City -- began its transition toward NCAA Division II status.

In 2013, OC was fourth in the NCCAA and would have won top honors in the Division II Heartland Conference had the Eagles’ results at the conference meet been counted.