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XC Headed to Oklahoma for Cowboy Jamboree

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Sept. 29, 2017

USTFCCCA Polls and Rankings

Saturday, September 30
9:15 a.m. CDT - Women's 6K
9:45 a.m. CDT - Men's 8K

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After a three week hiatus following the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational (Sept. 8), the Penn State cross country teams are back in action this Saturday at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboy Jamboree features nationally ranked teams in both the men’s and women's races. 

The women’s orange 6K is scheduled to go off at 9:15 a.m. CDT, while the men’s orange 8k race is slated for a 9:45 p.m. CDT start. The meet is held at the OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Okla.

THE FIELD (USTFCCCA Rankings - Men/Women)
Oklahoma State (9/22), Kansas State, Missouri (--/RV), Northwestern, Oklahoma, Ole Miss (25/16), Oral Roberts, Penn State (--/9), Stephen F. Austin, Tulsa (28/RV), Wichita State, Allen County CC, Barton County CC, Central Oklahoma, Coffeyville CC, Colby CC, Cowley County CC, Hutchinson CC, Iowa Central CC, Iowa Western CC, Kansas Wesleyan, Lubbock Christian, Oklahoma City, Ranger, Southern Nazarene, SW Assemblies of God, St. Mary (Kan.)


For the sixth-straight year the No. 11 Penn State women's cross country team claimed the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe team title winning this year's meet, earning six head-to-head wins in the double-dual scored format at the Blue-White Golf Course.

Penn State placed four runners in the top-11 led by Jillian Hunsberger who claimed individual honors making this her second win of the year in as many meets to open the 2017 season with back-to-back wins following Lock Haven’s Dolan Duals. The senior from Pittsburgh, Pa. finished the 6K in 21:07. 

Hunsberger became the eighth Nittany Lion to claim the individual title and marks the 10th time Penn State has grabbed the top spot. The Nittany Lions have now won 11-of-17 Spiked Shoe Invitational's since 2000 and the third-straight dating back to 2015 (Tori Gerlach '15, Tessa Barrett '16).

The Penn State men's team was led by Colin Abert who was the top finisher at the Spiked Shoe Invtl. crossing the tape in 25:46.

This is the first time Penn State will compete in the Cowboy Jamboree under head coach John Gondak. The Oklahoma State Cowboys, who visited Happy Valley last year for the Penn State Invitational, will host the Nittany Lions this week before making the trip to University Park in two weeks for the Penn State National Open on Oct. 13 at the Blue & White Course. 

The Nittany Lions return home and will take a week off before hosting the annual Penn State National Open on Oct. 13 in University Park.

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