Oklahoma State men win cross country team title

The Associated Press - November 19, 2023 8:14 am

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Harvard’s Graham Blanks won the men’s race and Florida’s Parker Valby won the women’s at the NCAA cross country championships on Saturday while the Oklahoma State men and North Carolina State women captured team titles.

Oklahoma State, which lost a tiebreak to Northern Arizona last year, handily beat the three-time defending champion Lumberjacks on the 10,000-meter course with 49 points. Northern Arizona had 71 and BYU was third with 196 points.

The Cowboys put five runners in the top 15, led by freshman Denis Kipngetich, who was fourth in 28-minutes, 59.7 seconds. Brian Musau (29:11) and Fouad Messaoudi (29:13.3) were eighth and 10th, respectively. Victor Shitsama was 12th and Alex Maier 15th to round out the OSU scorers.

OSU’s last title came in 2012.

N.C. State won its third-straight women’s title with 123 points, one in front of Northern Arizona, which had its best finish ever. Oklahoma State was third with 156 points.

 

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