The Edmond Sun

November 4, 2013

Jenks edges Bulldogs for 6A boys title

Thompson leads the way with 11th- place finish

Jeff Harrison
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Memorial boys had their sights set on the Class 6A state cross country title Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, defending champion Jenks got in the way.

The Trojans grabbed five of the top seven places and cruised to their second straight 6A crown.

“We thought it was a matchup between us and Jenks today and we were hoping to split it up, but they have a really strong team,” Memorial senior Gabe Thompson said.

Thompson led the charge for the Bulldogs. The senior finished 11th with a time of 16:15. He placed 15th at state a year ago.

“I was looking for all-state and as a senior. I wouldn’t trade it from the time spent with the team,” he said.

Harrison Pierce was the next runner in for Memorial, placing 22nd overall. Chris Ebert finished 26th in 17:03. Zach Mauck was 32nd (17:11) followed by Ryan Nielsen (17:19), Grey Howard (17:43) and David Lytle (18:00).

Edmond Santa Fe finished seventh and Edmond North was 10th in the boys standings.

Blake Crouch paced the Huskies with a 14th-place finish in 16:32. Tyler Francis was next in 42nd place (17:17). Davis Crawford placed 56th (17:29) followed by Zach Verdea (17:42), Jared Ashmun (18:05), Trace Maddox (19:04) and Jacob Darnell (19:33).

“I have five seniors and we’ve kind of been up and down, but they came through today,” Edmond North coach Kent Douglas said. “I always graduate a bunch of boys, but always have a bunch that step right in.”

The host Wolves were led by Neil Knight, who placed 16th with a time of 16:37.

Santa Fe’s Christian Powell finished the course in 24th place (16:59). Colton Pearson was 43rd (17:18) followed by Stephen Snider (17:32), Mason Cage (17:53), Drew Markwell (18:22) and Keegan Coplin (18:48).