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December 22, 2012

All-Edmond Cross Country 2012

EDMOND — All-Edmond Cross Country 2012

BOYS CO-RUNNERS OF THE YEAR

Alex Shook, senior, Edmond Memorial

A four-time All-Edmond Cross Country selection, Shook won the Mid-State Conference meet in 15:48 and the 6A Regional in Norman in 16:00. He was Edmond’s fastest at the State meet, finishing sixth overall with a time of 16:00.17.

Shook led Edmond 6A runners with a 10th-place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree; was third at Edmond Pre-State; and second at the Dog Pack Run with a time of 16:24.37.

He led the Bulldogs to wins at Regional and conference, second place at Edmond Pre-State and a third-place finish at the State meet.

Bryce Balenseifen, sophomore, Deer Creek

Balenseifen warmed up early in the season by placing eighth at Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Jamboree, third at Holland Hall and second in 5A at Edmond’s Dog Pack Run. He barreled into the postseason on a roll after winning the Edmond Pre-State meet and Guthrie’s Cottonwood Flats Run, and won the Suburban Conference meet in 16:53.37, the 5A Regional in 16:31 and the Class 5A state title in 16:17.41.

He paced the Antlers to team wins at Edmond Pre-State, the Dog Pack Run, Guthrie, conference, Regional and State.

GIRLS CO-RUNNERS OF THE YEAR

Jaci Smith, sophomore, Edmond North

Smith led Edmond runners with a fifth-place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree; was fourth at Edmond Pre-State; first at Guthrie; third at the Metro Conference meet; and second at Regional with a time of 12:17. She collapsed within sight of the finish line at the State meet, before rallying to finish 37th with a time of 12:29.61.

Smith ran 18:54.70 in a rare girls 5K at the Edmond Dog Pack Run in September, finishing third. She took first individually and led the Lady Huskies to the top finish at a 5K run in Plano, Texas, on Sept. 1. She won the OK Runner Classic in Norman early in the season, beating the eventual state champion by 13 seconds.

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