DBU’s Bruce Claims First Place at UCO Land Run

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THE LEAD
The Dallas Baptist Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams started their 2015 campaigns in solid fashion today at the University of Central Oklahoma Land Run in Edmond, Oklahoma.  Led by senior Kelsey Bruce‘s first place individual finish, the Lady Patriots captured second place in the field of 12 teams on the Women’s side, while the Men’s team took fourth place out of 10 teams.

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Bruce, who was racing for the first time since the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship after redshirting last year, crossed the tape with a 17:34.88 in the Women’s 5k run.  DBU’s Cashlee Rayas also earned a top ten finish after claiming ninth place with a time of 19:11.49.  Four other Lady Patriots finished in the top 20 as Anna Salazar (17th), Brianna Ortiz (18th), Micaela Lamb (19th), and Carissa Soto (20th) all crossed the finish line in succession.

The Men’s Team was led by junior Ryan McSpadden, who clocked a 20:55.92 to finish in eighth place in the 4-mile run.  DBU’s Patrick Villarreal and Trent Phelps also recorded top 20 finishes as Villarreal finished in 17th place with a time of 21:22.60, while Phelps crossed the finish line with a mark of 21:31.53.

DBU HEAD COACH JAKE PHILLIPS ON THE WOMEN’S PERFORMANCE
“This was an awesome first meet for our teams.  We aren’t race ready yet and we are running on tired legs, but that’s okay because we are prepping for that championship portion of the season.  Kelsey looked great for the ladies and we definitely have a lot of depth, but we have to keep moving up in races.”

DBU HEAD COACH JAKE PHILLIPS ON THE MEN’S SHOWING
“The guys ran as a team and really followed the plan well.  The leadership of Ryan and Patrick stood out today for us big time.  I’m confident that we will be our best in October, so this is a great starting point.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
117 Kelsey Bruce finished first in a field of 117 runners.
5 – Five other Lady Patriots also finished in the top 40 including Kristaly Munoz (21st), Lauren Reynnells (27th),Rebecca Parsons (31st), Becca Peterson (35th), and Mel Dewey (38th).
3 – Three other Patriots finished in the top 40 on the Men’s side including Stetson Rayas (21st), Andrew Curry (26th), and Trace Greer (32nd).

UP NEXT FOR DBU
The Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams will split up in two weeks when part of the team travels to Joplin, Missouri, for the NCAA Division II Pre-Nationals, while another group will compete at the Gerald Richey Invite at UT-Arlington.