Special to The Sun
Both the boys and girls cross country teams from Deer Creek scored easy victories in the team competition at the Class 5A regional qualifying meet at Norman on Saturday. The Antlers squads will be strong contenders for top honors at the OSSAA State Championships, hosted by Edmond Santa Fe Saturday.
In the boys division, Deer Creek had all five runners in the top 10 to finish with a low score of 25. Duncan was a distant second with 73 and Guymon even farther back with 104.
Focused on another state championship, Antler distance ace Bryce Balenseifen was again in top form as he covered the 5K course in 15:58, well ahead of second and third-place runners from Duncan.
Deer Creek teammates Blaine Powell and Drake Diangelo were next across the finish line with Powell’s time of 16:44 and Diangelo’s 16:50 good for fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Next was Adam Warren in seventh place with a time of 17:11 followed closely by Chandler King at 17:15 for eighth place.
The Antlers’ other two runners, Grant Schatzman and Brent Hollrah, would have placed for any other team except the Antlers.
On the girls side for Deer Creek, the Lady Antlers were equally dominant with seven runners in the top 11. Sheridan Snyder stayed on track for a state title as she covered the 3200 meter course in 12:31, followed closely by Ashton England in second place just .08 behind.
Finishing fourth was Brianna Kirchgessner with an excellent time of 12:44 followed by Avery Buck (12:51) and Kelsie Hancock (12:53) for sixth and seventh places. Showing the strength of the Lady Antlers’ squad were 10th and 11th-place finishes by Rachel Lewis and Amalie Haram.