Rich enjoying college experience as Oklahoma Christian runner

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Oct 24, 2013 - 8:49:14 AM

MOVING UPMaci Rich was in attendance to watch her younger sister, Rylee, compete in the regional cross-country meet at Velma last Saturday.
Rich is a veteran of regional meets, but the 2013 Marlow graduate has taken her talents to the collegiate level at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmund.
“Everything has been going well,” Rich said. “I’m second on the team, now.”
OCU has participated in four races so far this season, and Rich steadily worked her way up.
She was fourth on the team at the first race at the UCO Land Run on Sept. 7, finishing 39th overall.
Rich posted her best time of the season at the Southern Stampede Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 21. She was third on the team and 83rd overall, but had a personal best 20:18.74 on the 5k course.
The past two races, Rich placed second on the team. First she had a 47th place finish at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree on Sept. 28. Earlier this month she took 114th at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. in a meet that featured several Division I schools.
Oklahoma Christian is a young team this year. There is only one junior and the rest of the team is freshman and sophomores.
“The workouts have not being any harder in college than they were in high school,” Rich said. “We have so many freshmen, I think the coach is taking it easy on us to keep us healthy.”
The level of competition is significantly different, however.
“I was not used to being pushed in high school except by my sister,” Rich said. “In college, everybody pushes you.”
Not only has Rich been enjoying the athletic part of her career, but the academic as well.
“I like (school) a lot,” Rich said. “I’m Church of Christ and it is a Church of Christ school. It is a real Christian environment.”

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