Jaci Smith of Edmond North and Memorial’s Chris Ebert were the top Edlam performers in the pre-state cross country championships hosted by Edmond Santa Fe over the weekend.
With the top performers from across the state in the field prepping for the state championships, Smith and Ebert served notice they will be serious contenders for individual honors when Santa Fe hosts the state meet.
Smith was second again to her old nemesis Grace Barber of Jenks covering the 3200 meter course in 11:49.78 while Barber won the Class 6A portion of the mammoth event with a time of 11:47.92.
Jenks also took the top spot in the boys division as Cody Jones won the event in 16:16.78 followed by Ben Barrett of Norman North and Ebert was in third place with a time of 16:25.50.
Memorial had two other runners in the top 10 as the Bulldogs claimed the runner-up trophy behind Jenks. Gabe Thompson was sixth in a time of 16:34.43 and Ryan Nielson was 10th with a time of 17:00.31. The top 10 finishers in each class at state are designated as All-State.
Also posting points for the Bulldogs were Zach Mauch, David Lytle and Harrison Pierce.
Host Santa Fe’s top runner was Neil Grant, who finished the 5K course in 17:19.63, good for 21st. The Wolves finished in eighth place in the team standings. Others contributing points to the Santa Fe cause were Christian Powell, Colton Pearson, Stephen Snider, Mason Case and Carson Spiegel.
Edmond North’s Blake Crouch ran a 17:11.49 for 17th place and others from North contributing points include Tyler Francis, Davis Crawford, Jared Ashmun, Gabe Atchley and Zach Verdes.
Hummel tops Lady Bulldogs
Paced by a sixth-place finish by Jaclyn Hummel, the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs finished fifth in the power-packed field behind Norman North, Norman, Broken Arrow and Jenks. Hummel ran a 12:01.42 to spark Memorial. Others contributing points included Lana Duke, Clara O’Connor, Arin Glennie and Tess O’Connor.
In spite of Smith’s brilliant runner-up finish, the Lady Huskies could finish no better than seventh in the field while host Santa Fe came in 11th.
Joining Smith in the point parade were Emma Ledbetter, Julia Shepard, Kaitlyn Berchmann, Abby Cosby and Riley Emerson.
Santa Fe’s top runner was Allison Tompkins, who had a time of 13:02.20. Others included Joelle Glimp, Julia Tang, Ashley Sassenrath, Jennifer Gomez, Victoria Walter and Hope Davis.