Competing against some of the very best collegiate teams and long-distance runners in the nation, Abilene Christian senior Chloe Susset finished 13th of 97 competitors Saturday morning at the 77th annual Cowboy Jamboree hosted by Oklahoma State.
A native of Clery Vexin, France, Susset finished the 5K course in 18:25.24, which is her personal best for this race. She finished the 2011 race with a time of 18:53.77, and in 2010 she placed 27th with a mark of 23:04.81.
Winning the race was Kentucky’s Cally Macumber, who beat the rest of the field by more than eight seconds. Monika Judoeskaite of Oklahoma State was the runner-up, but with four teammates placing among the top 15, the Cowgirls successfully defended their team title with 51 points.
Kentucky placed second with 69 points to edge Northern Arizona by a single point, while Furman and Texas Tech rounded out the top five. ACU finished ninth of 12 teams with 252 points, as only one other Wildcat – freshman Diana García-Muñoz – finished under 20 minutes (19:09.02).
The ACU women beat fellow Southland Conference rivals Incarnate Word (263 points) and Oral Roberts (319 points), but finished well back of seventh place Stephen F. Austin (187 points).
ACU’s men’s team settled for a 10th-place showing with senior Erik Forrister posting the Wildcats fastest 8K time of 27:02.02.
Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka coasted to the individual championship behind a time of 23:55.27, which was nearly 33 seconds faster than that of runner-up Erassa Kirubel of Oklahoma State. The top-ranked Cowboys, however, did have four runners finish between the top 10 and six among the top 12 to win the team title over Northern Arizona, 29-57.
Michigan was a distant third place with 83 points, followed by Texas Tech (115 points) and Kentucky (131 points). Southland schools Stephen F. Austin and Oral Roberts placed sixth and ninth, respectively, with 172 and 291 points.
The cross country teams return to action in two weeks for the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.