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Greetings Campus Community,

One of the things I have enjoyed most about Oklahoma City University is the activity on our campus. From cultural events and student life activities to national championship games on Stars field, our campus is an exciting place to be.

This weekend is no exception. For the third consecutive season, our women's soccer team – a national powerhouse – will host an opening-round match in the NAIA championships. Our team is 19 and 1 this season and 7-6-1 in the national tournament!

OCU will face Doane, of Nebraska, at 2 p.m. Saturday on Stars Field. Led by Coach Brian Harvey, we have a phenomenal team that includes Sooner Athletic Conference player of the year Meghan McMahon and defensive player of the year Brenna Skillern, as well as four more all-SAC selections: Ashley Bechtold, Alissa Reed, Allie Glazner, and Allison Worsham. I invite you to put on your OCU Blue tomorrow and help cheer our Stars to victory!

Our men's soccer team finished the season Nov. 6 with a tough loss to John Brown University. The team finished 8-7-4 overall and upset No. 1 USAO in the first round of the SAC Tournament. Congrats on a good season to our men's soccer team and to our two all-SAC selections Adam Black and Ryan Hunter!

Oklahoma City University cross-country runners have also been socking away honors. Arya Bahreini and Katrina Nolan both earned individual spots in the NAIA Championships being held tomorrow in Vancouver, Washington. Arya and Katrina both had top-10 finishes in the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships on November 3rd.

Coach Connor Holt leads our men's and women's cross country team. Connor's wife and OCU Assistant Coach Camille Herron will attempt a world-record setting feat this Sunday in the Route 66 Marathon. The state record holder, Camille will lace up her shoes, put on a Spider-Man costume, and attempt to break the women's Guinness Book of World Records time for running a marathon in a superhero costume. The record currently is 3 hours, 8 minutes, and 55 seconds. Camille's best time (not in costume) is 2 hours, 37 minutes, and 14 seconds. With a little more than 30 minutes to spare, we may very well have a world record holder on our coaching staff come Sunday!

OCURowing, led by Head Coach Mike Knopp and Coaches Cam Brown and Melanie Borger, is another fall favorite at Oklahoma City University. After the hugely-successful Head of the Oklahoma Regatta where OCU captured the men's open single night sprint, second place in the men's open lightweight double race, and second place in the women's collegiate single, OCU traveled to the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Matthew Maddamma placed fourth in his division at the Head of the Charles, and in other Head of the Charles competitions, OCU's Kathryn Schiro finished seventh, Kayla Yraceburu finished 13th, Edgars Boitmanis finished 15th, and Liz Mathews finished 17th.

For the third time in a row, OCU won the All Points College Trophy at the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn. Our rowers accumulated 397 points, followed by the University of Virginia Rowing Association with 316 points and the University of Tulsa with 280 points. Congratulations to our outstanding rowers on their dominating performances. Standings such as this one help us recruit talented, dedicated student athletes to Oklahoma City University.

Next up for our teams is the Oklahoma Indoor Rowing Challenge on Dec. 9, but this weekend, eight OCU rowers will take a step closer to national team tryouts at the USRowing Speed Order right here on the Oklahoma River. Kayla Yraceburu, Elizabeth Mathews, Kathryn Schiro, Edgars Boitmanis, Matthew Mahon, Campbell Rhodes, Matt Nelson, and Matthew Maddamma… we will be cheering for you!

The OCU women's wrestling program remains undefeated for the third straight year. Coach Archie Randall has built a program that other universities envy. Last Sunday, wrestlers Joey Miller, Audre Morehouse, Brittney Roberts, and Emily Webster captured championships in the Missouri Valley Open, and 16 of our wrestlers placed! Men's wrestling is early in their season but off to a good start with Michael Brown and Kidd Gomez earning titles in the Bethany Swede Open last Saturday, and the team earning a 40-8 victory over Central Baptist, of Arkansas, last night!

Our men's and women's basketball teams have just begun their seasons, and preseason baseball rankings were released this week with OCU at No. 4. OCU has competed in the last 5 NAIA world series games, and we have more wins than any college baseball program in the nation at any level since 1991.

I look forward to continuing our winning tradition as the year progresses, and I am extraordinarily proud of all of our student athletes. Go Stars!

Keep up with the latest on OCU athletics at www.ocusports.com.

As always, send me questions, comments, rebuttals, or great thoughts.