Columbia College runners compete at Southern Stampede

Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 8:20 p.m. CDT; updated 9:05 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Columbia College men's and women's cross country teams both raced in the Southern Stampede Invitational in Joplin on Saturday morning.

The men's team placed fifth and were led by the 26-minute finish of freshman Michael McCulloch. Southwestern College won the overall competition.

Columbia College runners Cody Gorham (26:44), Devin Sander (26:53), and Cameron Schmitz (27:10) each finished in the top 50, placing 24th, 26th, and 37th respectively. With a time of 28:07, Cougars runner Jordan Andrews placed 78th, followed by Damon Goodell (85th) and Jason Thurman (105th) with times of 28:15 and 28:33.

The Cougars also finished ahead of American Midwest Conference opposition Park University and William Woods University.

Emily Schultz was the Cougars' top women's performer and finished with a time of 19:44, good for 29th place out of 196 runners. Columbia College runners Julia Montgomery, Julia Collins, and Makayla Rupp finished 44th, 82nd, and 115th respectively.

The Cougars will next race in the Greater Louisville Classic on Sept. 29. in Lousiville, Ky.

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