FREMONT, Neb. (June 18, 2014) – Tanner Cate, a member of a relay team that took a Nebraska state prep title, will join the Oklahoma Christian cross country team this fall, OC coach Wade Miller said Wednesday.
Cate ran the anchor leg for Fremont High School’s 4x800-meter relay team, which won the Class A crown with a time of 7:52.38, and he finished 12th in the open 800 meters at the state meet last month. Cate has personal-best times of 1:58.72 in the 800, 4:54.24 in the 1,600 meters and 16:54 in the 5,000 meters for cross country.
He is the fourth new runner to join the OC program for the 2014 season, along with Evan McQuirk of Van Alstyne, Texas; Sisay Gillock of Portland, Ore; and Emory Lobley of Dalhart, Texas.
“Tanner has some great relay experience and has shown good speed in a variety of distances,” Miller said. “He is a strong runner and along with Emory gives us a boost in 800-meter depth. He is a good fit for the program and I think he has a lot of potential. I’m excited to have him on the team.”
Cate will be joining an OC team that’s on a sustained run of success. The Eagles won the NAIA title in 2011, then took the National Christian College Athletic Association title in 2012 as the university -- located in Oklahoma City -- began its transition toward NCAA Division II status.
In 2013, OC was fourth in the NCCAA and would have won top honors in the Division II Heartland Conference had the Eagles’ results at the conference meet been counted.