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Katelyn Alexander

EDMOND, Okla. – Freshman Katelyn Alexander and sophomore Elizabeth Reidlinger paced the Rogers State women's cross country team as the Hillcats placed fourth out of eight teams to open the 2018 season at the UCO Land Run on Saturday (Sept. 1) morning at Edmond Santa Fe.

Alexander, a freshman from Claremore, took the No. 1 spot for the navy and red and just missed the top 10 finishing 11th overall in her first collegiate race. She covered the course in a time of 19:41.5 in the 5-kilometer event.

Reidlinger smashed her personal record by more than two minutes as the sophomore from Oklahoma City ran a time of 20:01.2 to place 18th overall and second for the Cats.

Sophomores Tayler Lee and Avery Buck earned the next two spots for the Hillcats. Lee, a sophomore from Okemah, Okla., finished in 35th place overall with her time of 21:08.0. Buck, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, crossed the finish line in 21:30.9 for 42nd overall.

In the final scoring spot for RSU was junior Ellen Thomas. She ran a time of 21:33.0 for 45th overall.

Freshman Noel Lawver took the sixth spot for the navy and red in a time of 21:59.9 in her first race for RSU. Senior Brianna Valles was only 20 seconds off her personal best with her mark of 22:11.3 for the seventh spot in the Hillcat lineup.

Oklahoma Baptist won the eight-team event with 21 points. OBU placed six runners in the top 10 with Sydney Lawrence of OBU winning the individual title in a time of 18:33.7.

The Hillcats are back in action on Sept. 15 at the Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo.

For more information on RSU cross country, go to www.rsuhillcats.com.