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Oklahoma State cross-country ready to kick off season

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OSU's cross-country team will start its season Saturday in Tulsa.

Oklahoma State cross-country will take its first stride in the 2018 season Saturday.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete at the Hurricane Invitational at 9 a.m. in Tulsa. OSU is not hosting the season opener this year because of construction on the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course.

OSU starts its season against host Tulsa along with Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls each enter the season No. 2 in the Midwest Region.

The Hurricane Invitational will act as a rust-buster in the beginning of the season. On the women’s side, the Cowgirls will send a large group to Tulsa for the first race of the season. Ariane Ballner, Kaylee Dodd and Jenny Celis will act as the tip of the spear for the Cowgirls.

The men’s side will do the opposite and send a small contingent to Tulsa. The group will consist of mainly of redshirt freshmen along with some seasoned runners. Alec Haines and Sukhi Khosla lead with experience.

Although this meet does not hold high stakes, Dave Smith, OSU’s coach, said he thinks the race environment will be an enjoyable experience for his runners.

“You can’t get too much information, good or bad, from this meet,” Smith said. “Everybody that takes the line we want to see big effort out of, running to win and being competitive.”