Cougar Cross Country Competes in First Event in History
WARRENSBURG - The Columbia College men's and women's cross country team opened its 2012 season Friday afternoon in Warrensburg, Missouri. The Cougars competed in the University of Central Missouri Mule Run to make history as the first Columbia College cross country team since the College added the sport this fall.
On the women's side the squad finished seventh in a field of eight teams. Southwest Baptist University took home top honors at the meet. Julia Montgomery was the top finisher for the Cougars. Montgomery finished 16th in a field of 92 runners. She finished the 2.5 mile event with a time of 15:55. Emily Shultz also finished in the top 25 with a 22nd place finish and a time of 16:03. Julia Collins (52) finished in 17:15, followed by Kelsey Baldwin (64) in 17:52 and Makayla Rupp (68) rounded up the Cougar team with a time of 18:11.
The Cougar men posted a very strong showing today, placing third in the eight team field behind the University of Central Missouri and Southwest Baptist University. The Cougars placed four runners in the top 20, led by Michael McCulloch. McCulloch finished in 12th place with a time of 21:38. Seconds later Cody Gorham crossed in a time of 21:44 and Devin Sander was right behind Gorham with a time of 21:45. Cameron Schmitz (20) finished the four mile course in a time of 22:11. Jordan Andrews (41) wrapped up the scoring for the Cougars with a time of 22:54. Jason Thurman (50) and Damon Goodall (55) also finished for Columbia in times of 23:13 and 23:21, respectively.
Columbia College will return to action on September 15 when they compete in the Missouri Southern University Stampede. The meet begins at 8:00 a.m. with the women's race, followed by the men's race at 9:00 a.m. in Joplin.