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Cross Country - Sat, Nov. 17, 2012

Oklahoma Baptist finished fourth in the men's race and sixth in the women's for a combined third place at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships Saturday in Vancouver, Wash.


The Bison finished with 179 points and the Lady Bison 253 to give OBU a combined 432, which is the third-best combination total in the NAIA. British Columbia had the top combined total.

Adam Godwin and Hannah Helker captured All-America status with top 10 finishes.


The OBU men matched their final ranking of fourth, garnering 179 points. St. Francis won the men's meet with 138 points.


Godwin finished eighth in 24:45, giving the Bison their second All-American in as many seasons. Cordell Baker finished 36th at 25:27 with Jory Custar in 39th at 25:30. Cameron Sprague was 75th at 25:55 and Neal Ellis finished the scoring for OBU in 85th at 25:59.


Zack Cates was 87th at 26:00 and Louie Cook took 248th in 27:36.


Godwin joins a short list of Bison cross country All-Americans that includes Baker, four-time All-American Pat McMahon, three-time All-American Peter Schouw, two-time All-America Brady Schmiedeberg and Willie Rios, Tommy Morris, David Whaley, Brian Whitlock, Daniel Ellis and Landon Willets.


The Lady Bison, ranked eighth, finished sixth with 253 points. British Columbia won the women's team title with 98 points.


Helker became OBU's first women's cross country All-American since Mirriam Kaumba won the title in 2004. She is just the sixth OBU All-American in cross country, joining four-time All-American Brandy Bratton, two-time All-Americans Kaumba and Gabriela Hniklova, Kari Nunneley, and Melissa Flood..


The Edmond sophomore completed the five kilometers in 17:33 to finish fourth in the five kilometer race in 17:33.


Kati Rogers was 57th at 18:59 and Katelyn Fritz finished 87th at 19:20. Lauren Wood took 106th in 19:34 and Miranda Dent rounded out the scoring in 114th at 19:37.

Shannon Ray placed 103rd at 19:53 and Johanna Kleinsasser was 171st in 20:03.

(Photo Courtesy Sara Williams)