Sinclaire Johnson took the crown in the women’s 2000-meter Saturday at the Hurricane Invitational in Tulsa.
After taking the lead at the mile mark, she never looked back. Johnson, a sophomore on the Oklahoma State women’s cross-country team, finished first with a time of 11:03.
“Winning a race gives you a lot of confidence,” Johnson said. “It will definitely set the tone for the season.”
The OSU women finished second in the Hurricane Invitational, only two points behind Oklahoma. This is a jump from last year when the Cowgirls finished fourth at the 2017 Cowboy Preview. The 15th-ranked OSU men finished fourth behind Tulsa, No. 15 Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Cody Halsey, assistant coach, said she was pleased with Johnson and the Cowgirls’ performance.
“Sinclaire is ready to run hard,” Halsey said. “She’s going to have a great year.”
Halsey said it was great to see underclassmen step up as leaders.
Grace Baker, a freshman, had a solid performance in her first race. She finished second for the Cowgirls and third overall in 11:24.
Kami Hankins, Morgan Szekely and Kaylee Dodd rounded out the top five.
Bryce Quigley finished first for the Cowboys and 13th overall in 20:55. This was his first collegiate race. The majority of the men’s side stayed in Stillwater to continue training.
Although it was a tough day for the Cowboys, coach Halsey said it was a learning experience for the men.
“They did a workout beforehand, and we didn’t tone down any of our miles,” Halsey said. “This was a great opportunity for the men to run hard while tired, and we definitely got better in that standpoint.”
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will have four weeks to prepare for the Nuttycombe Invitational on Sept. 28 in Madison, Wisconsin.