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Cunningham and Albao-Cozad Cross First for Drovers

USAO took three men and three women to the Kansas meet
Laura Barrios Bardi
Tyrike Cunningham runs through a patch of trees during a meet earlier in the season.

The USAO Drovers had six members from the men’s and women’s cross-country teams take the course for the NAIA Middle States Classic. Both teams traveled to Winfield, Kan. for the meet, and did not have a team score for this competition. 

The men’s team had Tyrike Cunningham, Quintin Pennells, and Ryan Joseph competing. Cunningham held the fastest time out of the trio with a time of 35:50 minutes in the 8K run, which earned him 69th place overall. 

Pennells was the second fastest out of the Drover men and placed 73rd overall at the event. He ran the race in 36:51 minutes, which was just five seconds shy of his season best. Joseph placed 80th overall at the event and finished the race with a time of 41:37 minutes. 

While Cunningham has competed for USAO’s track and field and soccer teams, this was his first season competing for the cross-country team.  

“As much as I dislike it, I knew it would definitely improve my strength and endurance, so it’s been a good addition as a background season,” Cunningham stated. 

He also talked about how this season has been good for everyone, as they have been progressing in running faster times and being able to complete each race. 

Ray Thomas-Lapham

For this meet, the women’s team had Trinity Albao-Cozad, Savannah Creech, and Laura Barrios-Bardi compete for them. This cross-country meet was slightly different than the past ones they’ve been to, as they ran a 6K race instead of a 5K race.  

Albao-Cozad was first out of the Drovers and recorded a time of 32:38 minutes at the race. Albao-Cozad had an overall finish of 50th place at the meet. Creech was not far behind her, as she placed 53rd overall and ran a time of 33:13 minutes. Barrios-Bardi also competed in the race but was unable to finish due to injury.  

According to the USAO Athletics website, the Drover men’s and women’s cross-country teams will compete at the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship Saturday, Nov. 4. This competition will be held at Elden Lyon Park located in Bethany, Okla. 


Gary Jackson is a third-year communication major at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

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Gary Jackson
Gary Jackson, Managing Editor
Gary is a fourth-year communication major from Kingston. He works as a resident assistant (RA). Gary began writing for The Trend in January 2022, and has interned with the Madill Record and Marietta Monitor newspapers. When Gary isn’t attending class and working, you can watch him making the game-winning catch at the ultimate frisbee game, hanging out with friends, or visiting with his family. Experience with The Trend: Managing Editor: May 2024 - present Sports Editor: Nov. 2023 - Apr. 2024 Senior Writer: Dec. 2022 - Nov. 2023 Contributing Writer: Jan. 2022 - Dec. 2022
Laura Barrios Bardi
Laura Barrios Bardi, Contributing Photographer
Laura Barrios Bardi a third-year art major from El Paso, TX. Laura currently works for USAO's Sports Information Department as a photographer. She is also a member of USAO's track and field team. Her hobbies include stargazing, spending time with friends, and working towards elevating her photography skills.   Experience with The Trend: Contributing Photographer: Nov. 2022 - present