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STILLWATER, Okla. – Seven of Northwestern’s cross country runners participated this past Saturday in the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. The women’s team placed 25th, while two men’s runners ran unattached.

Kacee McCulley led the pack for the women’s team with a time of 21:30 that put her in 93rd place out of 218 runners. Krstyle Martinez followed McCulley in 173rd place and recorded a time of 23:50. Rachel Kliewer was 198th with a 25:10 while Kaylen Kirby finished 208th with a 26:43. Chelsea Leathers rounded out the team times with a 28:23.

Out of 222 men’s runners, Conner Hobbs took 177th with a 31:18 and Walker Brainard finished with time of 33:24 for 211th

Both cross country teams will be in action next Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open in Hays, Kan.

Complete Results

Northwestern Women - Individual Results
(Winner - 18:31, 218 Runners, 5 kilometers 

Place   Runner             Time
93         Kacee McCulley  21:30
173       Krstyle Martinez 23:50
198       Rachel Kliewer   25:10
208       Kaylen Kirby      26:43
217       Chelsea Leathers28:23

Northwestern Men - Individual Results
(Winner – 25:02, 222 Runners, 8 kilometers)

Place   Runner             Time
177       Conner Hobbs    31:18
211       Walker Brainard 33:24


SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State cross country team opened up the 2008 season at the Oklahoma Baptist Bison Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27. Northwestern’s women’s team finished sixth with eight runners competing, while the men had two entrants.

Individually for the women, Kacee McCulley led the way with a 27th place finish with a time of 21:33. Shelby Austin followed with a 23:59, putting herself in 47th place. Not far behind was Krystle Martinez recording a 24:25 for 50th place. Rachel Kliewer, Kaylen Kirby, Mercedes Key, Chelsea Leathers and Kendra Schnebel also competed.

On the men’s side, Conner Hobbs and Walker Brainard competed with times of 32:04 and 33:15, respectively.

Northwestern’s next meet will be on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Cowboy Jamboree at Oklahoma State University.

Women's Results | Men's Results


Northwestern Oklahoma State University has been informed by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) that its men’s cross country team will not be allowed to compete in postseason competition for the 2008 season for failing to meet competition standards in 2007.

NAIA rules require cross country teams participating in postseason competition to enter at least five runners. At the 2007 NAIA Region VI meet, Northwestern competed with only four runners.

“Our men’s team had five runners registered and certified for the Region VI meet, but one runner did not make the trip because of illness,” said Cody Hooper, who served as cross country coach at the time. “Unfortunately, five runners have to start the race to meet competition standards set by the NAIA. We have not had that problem in the past, but it is my job as the administrator to get the competitors to the race and I take full responsibility for the outcome and apologize to the University and the team.”  

Athletic director Bob Battisti said Northwestern is disappointed that this year’s runners will be forced to deal with the penalty imposed by the NAIA.

Battisti said Northwestern graduate Shane Hansen has been selected to lead the cross country programs.


Amber Stephens will become the newest member of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Athletic Department and will occupy the position of men’s and women’s cross country coach for the Rangers.

Stephens duties will begin in January of 2008, after she graduates from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University with a master’s in health and human performance in December. She holds a bachelor’s in medical diagnostic imaging from Fort Hays.

Over the past two years, Stephens has served as the Assistant Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach for the Tigers. An accomplished athlete herself, Stephens was the NJCAA National Cross Country Individual Champion in 2000 while attending Colby (Kan.) Community College. She was also a member of Colby’s National Championship Team in 1999. Stephens was a NJCAA Track and Field All-American in 2000 and 2001.

“Amber Stephens is a highly motivated individual who will do a super job in leading our cross country team,” stated Athletic Director Bob Battisti. “She is the right person at the right time to get this program up and running.”

Northwestern will begin its sixth year of cross country as they enter the 2008 season.


SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern men’s and women’s cross country teams finished the season at the Region VI Cross Country Meet on Saturday, November 3 in Shawnee.  Four student athletes for the women competed and two were present in the men’s race.

Kacee McCulley led the Ranger women with a 39th place finish with a time of 22:14. Casey Hammonds recorded a 23:55, while finishing 51st. Kaylen Kirby was 62nd with a 26:09 and Ramy Stevens rounded the Lady Ranger runners with a time of 28:13 for 65th.

Trent Spade and Caleb Shrum competed for the men, with Spade finishing at 36:26 for 75th and Shrum ending with a time of 38:00.

Northwestern Women - Individual Results
(Winner - 17:34, 68  Runners, 5 kilometers)

Place Runner Time
39 Kacee McCulley 22:14
51 Casey Hammonds 23:55
62 Kaylen Kirby 26:09
65 Ramy Stevens 28:13

Complete Women's Results

Northwestern Men - Individual Results
(Winner - 24:38, 77 Runners, 8 kilometers)

Place Runner Time
75 Trent Spade 36:26
77 Caleb Shrum 38:00

Complete Men's Results


Casey Hammonds had the best time for the Rangers in the Cowboy Jamboree.

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Northwestern cross country team competed at the Cowboy Jamboree hosted by Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on September 29. Five Rangers competed with the results listed below.  

Northwestern will be off for a couple of weeks before they resume action at the Southwestern (Kan.) Invitational on October 13 in Winfield, Kan.

Northwestern Women - Individual Results
(Winner - 18:41, 207 Runners, 5 kilometers)

Place  Runner                       Time
190     Casey Hammonds      24:59
197     Ramy Stevens          25:23
199     Kaylen Kirby             26:10
207     Lindsay Stewart        29:16 

Northwestern Men - Individual Results
(Winner - 24:36, 222 Runners, 8 kilometers)

Place  Runner                       Time
222     Caleb Shrum            35:20


Kacee McCulley finished 42nd at the OBU Invitatioal.

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern women’s cross country team kicked off the 2007-08 season at the 5K Bison Invitational in Shawnee Oklahoma.  

Casey McCulley finished the best for the Rangers with a time of 23:19 that placed her 42nd. Casey Hammonds was eight seconds behind McCulley with a 23:27 time. Kaylen Kirby and Ramy Stevens posted times of 25:56 and 26:49, respectively.

The next meet for the Rangers will be on Saturday, September 29 at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater hosted by Oklahoma State University.

Northwestern Women Individual Results

(Winner - 18:29, 65 Runners, 5 kilometers)

Place Runner Time
42 Kacee McCulley 23:19
45 Casey Hammonds 23:27
60 Kaylen Kirby 25:56
62 Ramy Stevens 26:49

Complete Results