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Cross Country - Sat, Nov. 3, 2012

Oklahoma Baptist punched its ticket for the NAIA National Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday, winning the Sooner Athletic Conference Meet at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.


OBU won with 30 points, followed by Rogers State with 79, Oklahoma City with 89, Lubbock Christian at 101, Wayland Baptist at 120, St. Gregory's at 158, John Brown at 166 and Science and Arts of Oklahoma at 183.


Hannah Helker ran away with the individual title, finishing in 17:31 despite an ankle injury earlier in the week. Helker won for the fifth time in as many races this season and topped 2011 champion Brenda Felipe of Rogers State by 36 seconds.


OBU's Katelyn Fritz finished fifth at 18:39 with Kati Rogers in sixth at 18:45. Lauren Wood was eighth at 18:53 and Shannon Ray rounded out the Lady Bison scoring in 10th at 19:01.

The All-Conference team (top 15) includes, in order, Helker, Felipe, Katrina Nolan of Oklahoma City, Monika Kalicinska of St. Gregory's, Fritz, Rogers, Emileigh Willems of Wayland Baptist, Wood, Gladys Miranda of Lubbock Christian, Ray, Christi Dougherty of Rogers State, Johanna Kleinsasser and Kelsey Grant of OBU and Haley Taylor and Maria Apolinar of RSU.


OBU automatically qualified for the NAIA Meet as a team and the top five non-OBU individuals also move forward – sending Felipe, Nolan, Kalicinska, Willems and Miranda on to the NAIA meet as well.


The NAIA Meet is Nov. 17 in Vancouver, Wash.


Kleinsasser finished 12th and Graham 13th for OBU in 19:07 and 19:11, respectively.

Also for the Lady Bison, Whitney Warfield was 16th at 19:41, Danielle Riley was 19th at 19:43, Morgan Marshall was 24th at 19:59, Emily McCarthy was 29th at 20:16, Halie Herbert was 38th at 21:01, Amy McCarthy was 41st at 21:21Emily Christensen was 45th at 21:30, Jessica Green was 52nd at 22:36, Victoria Rivera was 53rd at 22:45 and Mariah Strong was 55th at 22.54.