Indiana men’s and women’s cross country teams came up short in their bids for an upset, as each team placed second Saturday at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.
Junior Samantha Ginther and senior Adrien Dannemiller paved the way for their respective teams in the annual event. Ginther completed the women’s 6K in 17:25.86 to finish fifth overall, while Dannemiller completed the men’s 8K in 24:17.34 for 11th place.
The Hoosiers’ women’s team scored 81 points but fell just shy of the host team, No. 23-ranked Oklahoma St., which scored 73.
Following Ginther was junior Caitlin Engel in ninth with a time of 17:38.96.
Indiana Intercollegiate winner Chelsea Blanchard placed 20th overall, finishing in 18:03.97, followed by senior Breanne Ehrman in 21st at 18:05.61. Junior Arianne Raby, 18:09.69, finished 26th to round out the scoring for IU.
In the men’s event, two-time defending champion Oklahoma St. was victorious. The No. 6 Hoosiers could not keep this race as close as the women’s team had done.
The men finished the tournament with 89 points but were beaten soundly by the Cowboys’ tally of 54.
Finishing right behind Dannemiller was senior Ben Hubers in 12th at 24:18.41. Also placing in the top 20 were Andrew Poore and Zach Mayhew, 15th and 16th, respectively. Poore completed the race in 24:23.37, and Mayhew finished with a time of 24:23.64.
Junior Ben Bizuneh capped off Indiana’s scoring with his 35th-place finish in 24:53.57.
The Hoosiers will return to action Oct. 14 at the adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis.