LUBBOCK, Texas – The Rogers State women's cross-country team closed the 2020 season with an eighth-place finish at the 2020 Division II Cross-Country National Invitational hosted by Lubbock Christian.
Sophomore Gloria Butts led the way for the Hillcats, as she had done all season, finishing 39th overall in the 6-kilometer event with a time of 24 minutes, 13.58 seconds on a windy day at the LCU Cross-Country Course. Sustained winds of 25-30 mph challenged the runners throughout the entire race.
Butts edged out teammate and fellow sophomore Brianna DeAngelis by .14 seconds, as DeAngelis crossed the line in 24:13.72 to finish 41st overall.
"It was a tough day for our runners with the windy conditions, but we battled through and overcome some obstacles," RSU coach Matt Kennedy said. "We are young, and this is a turnaround season in some ways. With a pair of sophomores and five freshmen leading us today, I am excited for the future of this program.”
Running third for the Hillcats was Elena Fries, who finished 57th overall in the 95-runner field with a 24:37.39. Ashley Riggenbach finished fourth for Rogers State and 60th overall. Riggenbach closed out the race with a time of 24:54.63.
Elizabeth Ostermaier wrapped up the scoring for the Hillcats, taking 76th overall. Ostermaier finished with a 25:53.15.
Madison Bradshaw and Tori Wood rounded out the finishers for the Hillcats. Bradshaw finished with a 26:20.37 to take 83rd. Wood finished 91st with a 26:54.12.
"This year was about overcoming challenges and staying healthy and our teams excelled at both," Kennedy said. "The programs each won a meet, including the first win for our women since 2013 and we earned an invite to this national event and finished eighth overall. The future is bright for the Hillcats."
On the men's side, Garrison Blanton ran as an individual for the Hillcats. Blanton took 56th overall with a 34:07.16 in the 10k event.
Florance Uwajeneza of West Texas A&M won the women’s race with a time of 21:38.92. Dallas Baptist won the team event with a score of 51 points.
Tony Torres of Colorado Mesa won the men's race with a 31:37.68. Alabama-Huntsville claimed the team title with 46 points.
With the close of the cross-country season, the Hillcats will set their focus to the track & field season. The Hillcats will announce an indoor track and field schedule as it becomes available.