OSU cross-country set to make Crimson Classic debut

There’s a first time for everything, including the Crimson Classic.

For the first time in Oklahoma State cross-country history, Cowgirls and Cowboys will run in Tuscaloosa.

Coach Dave Smith said that away games are easier for coaches while runners have conflicting emotions of excitement and missing home. There will be over 40 other colleges at the Classic.

The Cowboys are ranked far and above most of the other schools competing in the meet, at No. 6, up from No. 7. The No. 28 Cowgirls’ biggest competitors are the No. 30 Crimson Tide and Lipscomb.

Cerake Geberkidane is having a great season, beating his own previous records. Him and Vegard Oelstadare, who finished third at the Cowboy Jamboree, are Cowboys to keep an eye on.

Ingeborg Loevnes was the first Cowgirl to finish at the Jamboree, and true freshman Katie Spencer ended up top 10.

“Both teams are going to run differently this meet,” Smith said. “We’re going to run more aggressively.”

The coaches and runners are going in blind to the meet. Neither Smith nor the teams have seen the Harry Pritchett Running Park course at Alabama. However, Smith said this course should be easier than the OSU Cross Country Course, a nice change.

OSU hasn’t run against another school in almost a month, leaving time to prepare and perfect for the Crimson Classic. Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls won their titles at the Jamboree, which was the last meet they competed in.

The Crimson Classic races will start at 5 p.m. Friday at Harry Pritchett Running Park.