OC picked to finish 6th in Heartland Conference women’s cross country

OC's women's cross country team has been picked sixth in the preseason Heartland Conference poll.
OC's women's cross country team has been picked sixth in the preseason Heartland Conference poll.

WACO, Texas (Aug. 4, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s women’s cross country team finished sixth in the Heartland Conference’s preseason poll, which was released Monday.

Coaches and sports information directors from the nine league schools that compete in women’s cross country voted in the poll. OC received 85 total points in the poll, including four first-place votes.

OC’s team score wasn’t kept at last year’s conference meet, but if it had, the Lady Eagles would have finished seventh in the 10-team race. McMurry (Texas) has left the Heartland since that race.

OC will have everyone back from last year’s squad, including standout Tara Lewis, who missed the conference meet due to injury, and Layne Hammer, who led OC with a 18th-place individual finish. The Lady Eagles also have added a pair of new runners, Ainsley Ibison of Broken Arrow and Emily Harris of Fletcher.

“We have a lot of room to grow on the women’s side and a great deal will depend on the summer training they put in and staying healthy throughout the season,” OC coach Wade Miller said. “We are still a very young team and it will be fun to see how things turn out.”

Dallas Baptist (Texas), which will be seeking its eighth straight conference title, finished atop the poll, receiving the other 14 first-place votes and 156 points.

Texas-Permian Basin was second with 122 points, followed by Newman (Kan.) with 118, Rogers State with 91, Lubbock Christian (Texas) with 86, OC, Arkansas-Fort Smith with 75, Texas A&M International with 50 and Oklahoma Panhandle State with 27.