The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled many Oklahoma State traditions, such as tailgating and homecoming, but one stood strong throughout the pandemic, the Cowboy Jamboree.
For the 82nd time since 1937, the OSU men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the event in their brand new state of the art course on Oct. 3.
The event was last held in 2017 because of the construction of the new course. The men’s team won the event and the women’s team finished fourth.
Most of the runners for OSU have not competed in a collegiate race in more than a year, but they have to be ready to compete no matter the circumstances.
“For a long time, it was just playing it as it comes,” Smith said. “Asking, 'How do you prepare?' is like asking, 'How do you prepare for every contingency plan?' All we did was run like we always would and came in in shape. The excitement of the athletes to do something other than train, which we've done for nine months now, is definitely there."
Now that the team has a start date, it’s easier for them to prepare and the excitement and buzz is building around the team despite not being able to hold the national championship race as they had planned.
“We're really excited to run, just to get a race under our belts anywhere,” Smith said. “We've been off since the middle of indoor season, so we're just champing at the bit to get back. To run on our home course is just icing on the cake. We love this course, we think it's the best course in the world. It's good to have it back and to have teams from outside our region come and see it for themselves.”