Special to The Sun
The Edmond Memorial boys cross country team placed all five runners in the top 12 to run away with the Mid-State Conference title in Norman while Santa Fe edged North for the Metro Conference crown at Mustang Oct. 15.
All Class 5A and 6A cross country runners will be in regional competition at Norman on Oct. 26 and the state championships will be hosted by Edmond Santa Fe on Nov. 2.
Chris Ebert led the way for Memorial as usual as he claimed the runner-up slot at the Mid-State meet with a time of 16:27 for the 5K course. Gabe Thompson was right behind in third place with a time of 16:37, followed by Ryan Nielson in eighth, Harrison Pierce in 11th and Zach Mauch in 12th. Also running for the Bulldogs were David Lytle and Grey Howard.
The Lady Bulldogs, paced by a fourth-place finish by Jaclyn Hummel, placed third behind co-hosts Norman North and Norman. Hummel’s time was 11:49 for the 3200 meter course while Clara O’Conner was sixth in a time of 12:10. Others scoring points for the Lady Bulldogs were Arin Glennie, Tess O’Conner and Jennifer Chapman, while Amber Covin and Emily Laflamme also ran for Edmond Memorial. At Mustang, Edmond North senior Blake Crouch was the individual winner with a time of 17:11.95 while Francis Tyler was fourth for the Huskies, who finished with 53 points, nine behind champion Edmond Santa Fe.
The Wolves scored a 3-5-6 trifecta to pile up enough points for the team title. Third was junior Christian Powell in 17:29:08, fifth was Neil Knight in 17:40.24 and sixth was Colton Pearson in 17:41.45. Also scoring points for Santa Fe were Lance Frost in 11th and Stephen Snider in 117th. Freshman Drew Markwell and Carson Spiegel also ran for Santa Fe.
Davis Crawford was eighth for the North squad which also got points from Zach Verdea and Gabe Atchley. Also running for the Huskies were Jared Ashmum and Trace Maddox.
In the girls competition at Mustang, Jaci Smith, Jenny Mehner and Emma Ledbetter had a 2-3-4 finish to spark Edmond North to a runner-up placing behind host Mustang. Smith’s time was 12:09.86, behind winner Kyra Fuller of Mustang. Julia Shepard and Abby Cosby rounded out the scoring in the top 20 while Kaitlyn Berckman and Reilley Emerson rounded out the squad.
Karlie Hamman finished in 12th place to pace Santa Fe to a fourth-place finish. Joelle Glimp, Julia Tang, Ashley Sassenrath, Victoria Walter and Hope Davis ran for the Lady Wolves as well.
Edmond schools make strong junior varsity showings
JV Girls: Edmond North was first and Santa Fe was fourth. Top performer was Santa Fe’s Madison Forman with a time of 13:03.30. She was followed by teammate Allison Tompkins and Edmond North’s Kelsey Castillo.
JV Boys: Edmond North was second and Santa Fe was fourth. Jason Musgrove of Santa Fe was the top Edmond performer as he took third place in a time of 19:26.87. North got their points from a 5-6-7-8-9-10 block topped by Jacob Darnell in fifth place.
8th Grade Boys: Edmond Sequoyah took first, Summit third and Cimmaron fourth. The overall best time in junior high went to Edmond Central’s Jed Helker who posted an 11:18.81, more than a minute faster than the runner-up. Keegan Myers of Sequoyah was third and Ryan Knutson of Summit was fourth. 8th Grade Girls: Edmond Cheyenne was third with Kailey Rex of Cheyenne in second place and Brynn Pendergrass of Central in fourth place.
7th Grade Boys: It was a clean sweep for the Edmond middle schools with Sequoyah, Cheyenne, Cimarron and Summit taking the top four places. Parker Jackson of Cheyenne had a 12:27.40 for the top time followed by T.J. Rolfe, Jacob Friesen and Val Parks, all of Sequoyah.