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Oklahoma State men, women finish 15th at 2018 Nuttycombe Invitational

Sinclair Johnson warming up

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

The Oklahoma State cross-country men’s and women’s teams each placed 15th and had a top-15 finisher on Friday at the 2018 Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ashenafi Hatte, a junior, led the way for the men, placing 13th in his racing debut for the Cowboys. Hatte finished the 8K in a time of 23:36.

Dave Smith said earlier in the week he was excited to watch Hatte in his first race, and Hatte didn’t disappoint.

Ryan Smeeton finished second for the Cowboys in 24:18. Luis Martinez, Sukhi Khosla and Jorge Perez were close behind Smeeton.

Of 37 teams and 220 runners, the OSU men’s side finished 15th with a score of 420.

After taking first place in the Hurricane Invitational in early September, Sinclaire Johnson said winning a race provides confidence and sets the tone for the season.

Johnson’s confidence showed at the Nuttycombe Invitational with another strong performance. She led for the Cowgirls, placing 15th in the 6K with a time of 20:04.

Molly Born, a freshman, had her Cowgirl cross-country debut, finishing second for the team in 20:50. Taylor Somers, Kaylee Dodd, and Ariane Ballner rounded out the top five.

Of 33 schools and 230 runners, the Cowgirls finished 15th with a score of 405.

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