Cros Country Teams Ready to Run
Friday, September 4, 2009
Posted by: Katy Roybal
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Sept. 4, 2009) – Led by Silas Kisorio, a track and field national champion last year, and Nicole Lair, a national runnerup in the marathon, the OC cross country teams enter 2009 with high hopes under new head coach Mark Thompson.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles have their first meet on Saturday, competing in the University of Central Oklahoma Land Run at Edmond's Mitch Park. The women's race is at 8 a.m., followed by the men's race at 8:45 a.m.
The OC men captured the Sooner Athletic Conference team championship last year, paced by Kisorio's individual conference title and Jordan Powell's second-place finish.
The Eagles went on the place 18th at the NAIA National Championships as Powell (fourth individually) and Kisorio (28th) earned All-America honors.
Kisorio also had a strong spring, winning the NAIA championship in the outdoor 800 meters and placing second in the 1,500 at the national meet.
An injury forced Lair to miss most of the cross country season last year, but she came back late to finish 14th at the SAC championships.
That set her up for a memorable track and field campaign, capped by her second-place finish in the marathon at the NAIA outdoor meet. It was OC's best national result in the event since Peggy Murphy won it in 1991 and 1993.
Other top returners for Oklahoma Christian include Frezer Legesse (10th at the SAC cross country meet) on the men's side and Rachel Snider (21st at the SAC meet) on the women's side.
Thompson, who served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Christian the past two years, remains a competitive runner on the international stage. He recently ran a 3:59.29 mile to break the four-minute-mile barrier for the first time in his illustrious running career.