Jordan Calderwood Runs Away with Cross Country Honors

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 16, 2016 in and, calderwood, championships, country, cross, field, jordan, marathon, NAIA, track Jordan-Calderwood.jpg

Junior Jordan Calderwood left her mark on the conference this season, capturing the KCAC Cross Country Championship title for the Braves. She finished the race with a winning time of 18:46.6, a victory earned her a spot in her third straight NAIA National Cross Country Meet. It’s the first women’s cross country individual championship since Belinda Tummons ’84 won in 1980.

“Jordan has developed into an amazing student athlete,” said head cross country and track coach Kirk Wren. “Her progress has been great, she works hard in the mornings with extra conditioning and gives 100% during each workout.”

At the NAIA National Cross Country Meet, held at McApline Creek in Charlotte, N.C., Calderwood finished 167th with a time of 19:30.3. She was the first KCAC runner to cross the finish line.

On December 6, won the Lewis & Clark Half Marathon with a time of 1:27.39, breaking the old OU record time of 1:28.53 that was held by Chelsea Fullerton ’15. With that time, Calderwood qualified for the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in May. She also qualified for the 2016 NAIA Indoor National Championships in the 1000M during a meet in February.

“I’m really proud of what she has accomplished,” said Coach Wren. “Winning the KCAC 2015 cross country championship and continuing to make history each year, Jordan makes the University look outstanding academically and athletically.”

The 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will be held May 25 – May 27 in Gulf Shore, AL.