The Cowboy Jamboree cross country meet in Stillwater on Saturday was a big success for one local team — and for one local family.
Former Edmond North runner Hannah Helker, a sophomore at Oklahoma Baptist University, won the 5K college division of the jamboree with a time of 18:15. Her race featured more than 200 girls.
About five hours later, Hannah’s little brother Jed Helker topped about 165 other boys in the junior high race. The Central Middle School seventh-grader covered the two miles in a time of 10:55.
Hannah was part of North’s 2009 state champion cross country team and won several individual and relay track titles. At OBU, she was named the NAIA National Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week Sept. 12 after leading the Lady Bison to a season-opening victory at the NCAA Division II Central Oklahoma Land Run on Sept. 8.
Jed’s win comes a week after he took the junior high 3200 meter title at the Mustang Broncos Harrier Invitational.
Antlers best of Edmond-area runners
The Cowboy Jamboree field included male and female cross country programs from four different states in a combination collegiate, high school and junior high meet across all classifications. The meet featured more than 6,000 runners in divisions of university, junior college/college, junior high and three high school divisions — 6A, 4A-5A and A-3A.
The Deer Creek boys team took first place in 4A-5A, for the Edmond area’s only high school title. The Antlers placed no runners in the top seven, but all five team runners finished in the top 21, led by Bryce Balenseifen (17:04, eighth) and Coleman Crawley (17:27, ninth). Kyle Larson (13th), Devin Provines (17th) and Chandler King (21st) rounded out the Antler leaders. Grant Schatzman and Wyatt Bradbury ran as individuals for Deer Creek.
In 6A, the Edmond North boys put in a third-place showing, followed by Edmond Memorial at fifth and Edmond Santa Fe in 14th.
Memorial’s Alex Shook paced the Bulldogs at 10th place, North’s Austin Mayer was 15th and Tanner Bailey led Santa Fe at 46th.
Bentonville, Ark., won the boys 6A race.
Oklahoma Christian Academy fielded a boys team that ran 14th in the A-3A division, topping several larger schools in the 21-team event.