JOPLIN, Mo. - FULL RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:
The Nationally-ranked Missouri Southern men's and women's cross country teams will be in action this weekend as the Lions play host to the 30th-annual Southern Stampede ran at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course.
The men come into the event ranked sixth and the women are 18th in Division II after both teams swept both the individual and team titles in their first meet of the season at Southwest Baptist. Gidieon Kimutai and Julianna Determan won the individual titles and were both honored with MIAA Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors.
The men dominated at SBU as the Lions had four of the top seven runners, six in the top 12 and seven in the top 23. Southern scored 25 points as a team, 42 points in front of second-place Central Missouri. The women had four runners in the top 13 and five in the top 20. Southern won the team title over Southwest Baptist by three points with a score of 45.
The field of collegiate runners will consist of more than 1,200 entries. The men's race will feature just one Division I team in Oral Roberts, while the women will see three Division I teams compete in ORU, Arkansas and Missouri State.
The Lions are the top ranked team on the men's side coming in at sixth, while Northwest Missouri at No. 19 is the only other ranked program. On the women's side, Southern is the top-ranked program at No. 18, while Dallas Baptist is at No. 20 and Oklahoma Baptist is at No. 23. Arkansas is ranked No. 5 nationally in Division I.
Races begin at 8 am with the college/juco women's race. The university open race for the women is at 8:30, while the college/juco men's race is at 9 am. The final collegiate race of the morning is the university open race starting at 9:45 am.
Live results can be found in the story links above, as well as a link to where results will be put once the races are finalized.
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