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Cowgirls through to NCAA Championships, Cowboys await at-large bid

Sinclair Johnson warming up

Sinclaire Johnson warms up before her 2000-meter race at the Hurricane Invitational on Sept. 1.

The Oklahoma State women’s cross-country team booked its ticket to Madison, Wisconsin, for the NCAA Championships after placing second at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Friday in Peoria, Illinois.

The Cowboys will have to wait until Saturday to find out if their season will continue. The OSU men’s team came in fourth place in the 10K behind Iowa State, Bradley and Tulsa.

Unofficially, the Cowboys are predicted to advance with one of the 13 at-large bids.

Isai Rodriguez led the Cowboys with a runner-up finish. Ashenafi Hatte was 21 seconds behind, finishing fifth overall. Luis Martinez scored next for the Cowboys, placing 14th. Alec Haines and Ryan Smeeton wrapped up the top five for OSU.

The Cowgirls can walk away stress-free, placing second and securing an automatic entry to the NCAA Championships.

The OSU women’s side finished comfortably, 45 points ahead of third-place Minnesota.

Sinclaire Johnson led the way, ending up in 16th place. A tight pack consisted of Grace Baker, Taylor Somers and Ariane Ballner, who were within seven seconds of one another as they came across the finish line. Kaylee Dodd completed the scoring for the Cowgirls.

The Cowgirls and most likely Cowboys will have their final race of the season at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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