Bonds Leads KU Women to Fourth; Men Place Seventh

Oct. 4, 2008


Junior Lauren Bonds’ ninth-place finish Saturday at the 72nd annual Cowboy Jamboree led the University of Kansas to fourth in a 27 team field in women’s cross country action at the OSU Cross Country Course. Five Jayhawks ran season-best times as KU placed seventh in a 23-team men’s field.

Bonds, a junior from Hutchinson, Kan., finished the 6k course with a time of 21:32. It was her first race on a 6k course, as her two previous victories this season had come on a 5k track.

The Jayhawk women placed five athletes in the top 50, including sophomore Amanda Miller’s 24th-place finish with a time of 22:05. Freshman Lauren Nightengale was 39th with a time of 22:31, while junior Alison Knoll (22:34) placed 41st and freshman Rebeka Stowe (22:42) finished in 47th to round out KU’s top five. Freshman Kara Windisch (22:45) and senior Megan James (22:59) also competed for the Jayhawks in the event.

The Kansas women scored 160 points, just 30 behind Miami University’s score of 130. Northern Arizona won the event with 61 points, followed by host Oklahoma State’s score of 118.

Junior Brett Imgrund and freshman Don Wasinger paced the Kansas men to a seventh-place finish at the same event.

Both Kansas athletes ran the 8k course with a time of 25:48, with Imgrund taking 42nd place, and Wasinger capturing 43rd. The time was a season-best for both men.

Sophomore Dan Van Orsdel placed 50th with a time of 25:59, while fellow sophomore Nick Caprario was 56th at 26:04. Freshman Kaleb Humphreys (26:14) rounded out KU’s top five in men’s competition in 61st. Freshmen Zach Zarda (26:16) and Clay Schnedier (26:46) also competed for KU Saturday.

The Jayhawk men placed seventh in the Cowboy Jamboree with a total score of 252. Oklahoma State won the event with a score of 38 – taking home the third, fourth, fifth and seventh-best times individually. The Cowboys were followed by Northern Arizona (88), Indiana (98), Abilene Christian (102), Harding (111) and Butler Community College (177).

KU will be in action again on Oct. 18 with both the men and women competing in the NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. The Big 12 Championships will be held in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 1.