by JON DYKSTRA The Iola Register | September 26, 2016
STILLWATER – Red Devil runner Ricardo Banuelos continued his fantastic sophomore season with a fourth-place finish in the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday. He ran a 26:35.5.
Allen had four runners in the top-30 places of the 162-runner field and were able to take fourth as a team out of 21 teams.
Phillip Langmann finished 15th, Ludreche Bouanga was 18th and Anthony Glasgow took 30th.
Alejandro Ruiz rounded out the top-five Red Devil runners by finishing in 50th.
"I wasn't very happy with how we ran or raced as a team this weekend." "I personally wasn't too happy with our week of training and that is on me. With that said we still need to step up and compete. Butler just put it to us and we didn't respond, and that's not like my teams in the past to just lay down, however, we'll get back to the grind and figure things out. I've got 5 weeks to right this loss and you'll see a different team in that time." DeGrado said.
Butler was able to put their 2 thru 4 runners in front of the Allen #2 and secured the overall victory. The men were never able to find their groove and ran uncomfortable the entire time.
On the women's side the Red Devil ladies looked to recovery after their Missouri Southern meet where they felt like they didn't quite have their legs underneath them.
Kaitlyn Shoemaker has been nearly as dominant for the Red Devil women's team as Banuelos has been for the men.
The sophomore finished sixth with a 19:01.7.
Freshman Abby Stienhauser was the next Red Devil to cross the line with a 16th-place finish.
The Red Devils finished fifth as a team, three spots ahead of conference-rival Cowley College.
Vicky Ibarra, Kristina Silvers and Kim Rodriguez rounded out the top-five runners for Allen with 38th-, 69th- and 80th-place finishes respectively.
"We really wanted to come out and get after the conference/region 6 teams and test them a little bit. I know Cowley has been the favorite for weeks, plus you have last years region 6 champion in Butler. So it was a really good test for our women to get prepared for championship season." DeGrado said.
Both programs will be back in action in 2 weeks in Hays, KS for the Fort Hays State Open.