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Drake Women's Cross Country Looks For Better Showing At 2012 Oz Memorial

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: September 06, 2012
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What's Ahead: The Drake women's cross country team will look to build on its opening success at last weekend's Bulldog Classic when it competes in the Oz Memorial meet Friday (Sept. 7) held on a 6,000-meter course at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.  The race is scheduled to start at 4:30.

The Oz Memorial is named after Gary Osborn, the Drake women's track and field and cross country coach who passed away in 2000. Osborn was a longtime friend of Minnesota coach Gary Wilson.

Last Time Out: Fifth-year senior Kirsten Lake (Parker, Colo.) dominated a small field of runners from Drake, UNI, and Iowa State to win the Bulldog Classic, a 4,000-meter course at Ewing Park in Des Moines.

Lake won in a time of 14:58, a full six seconds ahead of the next runner. Sophomore Mariel Fulton (Monarch, Colo.), who was the Bulldogs top finisher in 2011, finished eighth in 15:33.

A group of young runners had strong showings as well. In their first race for Drake, Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.), 15:54, Emma Johnson (Mora, Minn.), 16:06, Cassie Aerts, (David City, Neb.), 16:07, and Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa), 16:11, all finished in the top 17 of the race.

A Year Ago: The Bulldogs totaled a team score of 152, finishing in fifth place overall at the 2011 Oz Memorial at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. A trio of young runners held the top times for the Bulldogs. Amanda Marwitz (Crystal Lake, Ill.) ran a time of 25:17.37 and Krista Maguire(Wausau, Wis.) crossed the line in 25:22.35 in her first 6,000-meter race on the collegiate level. Melissa Parks (Norfolk, Neb.) finished a second behind Maguire in 25:23.18.

Host Minnesota dominated their own meet, with the lowest possible score of 15 points. The top 12 times were all run by Gopher athletes.

Up Next: The Bulldogs will return to action on Friday, Sept. 21 back in Des Moines at the Grand View Invitational.

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