Former Bear Casey Owens competes for Team USA



Former Missouri State cross country All-American Casey Owens competed for Team USA at the 2007 International Chiba Ekiden on Friday in Chiba, Japan, winning the alternate 5,000-meter race in a personal-best time of 16:11.99.

A 2005 Missouri State graduate, Owens was a five-time NCAA national qualifier and a two-time All-American in the 10,000 meters. She finished ninth at the 2005 USA National Track and Field Championships in the 10,000 meters and was the top collegiate finisher at the USA National meet that year. Owens' 5K cross country best of 17:25 ranks second all-time at Missouri State.

Team USA took fourth place in the feature event in Chiba on Friday, finishing in 2:09:05. The host team from Japan won the event in 2:05:56, defeating defending champion Kenya by 1:10. Russia was third in 2:08:00. Now in its 19th year, the format of the race was revised to feature mixed teams of men and women running six alternating legs totaling 42.195 kilometers, as follows: first leg, men 5K; second leg, women 5K; third leg, men 10K; fourth leg, women 5K; fifth leg, men 10K; sixth leg, women 7.195K.



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