The Oklahoma Christian Academy cross country team ran in the Class 2A state meet at Shawnee High School on Saturday.
The Eagles qualified for state after the Class 2A regional at Chisholm. OCA coach Geoff Kingsley was hoping for a top-10 finish from his team, and the Eagles were up to the challenge as they finished ninth among 14 teams. Freshman Caleb Kingsley ran a season-best 19:36 and placed 35th overall to lead OCA.
“We are a young team, with one junior, four sophomores, and one freshman, so the future is bright,” Kingsley said.
“Everyone returns next year and we have some eighth-graders that will be freshmen next year who will be able to add some depth to the team.”
One eighth-grader, Jacob Yager, medaled in four of the six middle school meets this season.
OCA has only had a cross country program for three years, and this is the first year for the Eagles to field a complete team in any division (boys, girls, or middle school).
“Our goal this year was to qualify for state and then build momentum from this experience to become very competitive in the next couple of years,” Kingsley said.
The team includes junior Seth Howard, sophomores Alec Bingham, Blake Bryan, Josh Howard and John Zehr and freshman Kingsley.
Season highlights included placing second in the high school boys division at the Prague Meet on Sept. 8. The Eagles earned 34 individual medals over the course of the season, with Erin Drewke picking up six, Maryn Kingsley five, and Amanda Roe one on the high school girls side. Yager earned four medals in the middle school boys division. For high school boys, Howard medaled six times, Kingsley five, Bingham three, Howard and Zehr two each.
Class 3A state
Oklahoma Christian School fielded a boys team and one individual girls runner in the Class 3A state championship meet in Shawnee on Saturday.
Austin Roberts led OCS with a time of 18:28.00
The Saints boys team finished 11th with an average time of 20:05.52.
Erin Green was OCS’ girls state qualifier, and ran a 13:58.90.