Special to The Sun
The Deer Creek girls have done a lot of celebrating at state cross country meets.
They have cheered on the boys team to victory the past few years. But this time, the Lady Antlers joined in the fun.
Deer Creek claimed their first girls state cross country championship Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“This is the first time for the Deer Creek girls to win and it just feels awesome,” senior Sheri Snyder said.
The Lady Antlers placed five runners in the top 20 and held off Tahlequah to win the Class 5A state title.
“This is a dream come true,” Deer Creek coach David Riden said. “We made that our goal after about the third meet of the year and they’ve been working for it. It was awesome to watch them do it.”
Snyder, who finished first at regionals, paced the Lady Antlers with a fifth-place finish in 12:33. Ashton England was two places back with a time of 12:46. Brianne Kirchgessner earned all-state honorable mention with a 12th-place finish in 12:49 while Avery Buck and Kelsie Hancock also cracked the top 20.
Teammates Rachel Lewis placed 23rd (13:16) and Amalie Haram was 30th (13:23).