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OBU Cross Country: 2016 in Review

SHAWNEE—The Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) cross country teams capped a successful season with strong finishes at the NCCAA National Championships in November.

The Lady Bison repeated as national runner-up and the OBU men placed fourth—a move up from last year.

Jacob Janzen led the Bison with a ninth-place finish, capturing NCCAA All-America honors. Janzen also earned First-Team All-Great American Conference with freshman DeAngelo Robles capturing Second-Team All-GAC accolades. Grant Alexander earned NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors.

Janzen was a three-time winner of the NCCAA Men’s Runner of the Week award, also earning the GAC version of the honor once.

The Lady Bison finished second in the NCCAA with a team of seven runners—all of whom are eligible to return next season.

Emily Sechrist and Sydney Lawrence finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the NCCAA meet and earned All-America honors. Emily Banks, Lauren Franz and Dani Ingle all were named NCCAA Scholar-Athletes.

Sechrist, Lawrence and Daisy VanMeter all made the All-Great American Conference squad as First-Team selections. Kandace Standridge and Tesa Potter were Second-Team All-GAC. Franz and Banks earned Crafton Tull Academic Excellence Elite awards, which requires a 4.00 grade point average.

Sechrist was a five-time NCCAA Runner of the Week honoree and she earned the GAC award four times.

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