Special to The Sun
The Edmond Memorial girls couldn’t get past Norman North last week at regionals. And, they couldn’t pull the upset Saturday at the Class 6A state cross country meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
The Lady Timberwolves edged out conference rivals Norman and Memorial for their first girls state cross country title.
Norman North won the title with 51 points, Norman was runner-up with 118 and Memorial placed third with 122. The Lady Huskies of Edmond North came in fourth (137) and host Santa Fe finished 13th.
Memorial was led by Clara O’Connor and Jaclyn Hummel. O’Conner placed ninth with a time of 11:53, while Hummel finished 11th in 11:54.
Lana Duke was next for the Lady Bulldogs in 21st place (12:20). Arin Glennie was 32nd (12:38) followed by Tess O’Connor (12:59), Jennifer Chapman (13:08) and Amber Covin (13:38).
Jenny Mehner paced North with a 10th-place run. She finished the 3200-meter course in 11:53. Junior Jaci Smith was close behind in 14th place with a time of 12:05.
“I was so pumped to run today. This is a super-fun race,” Mehner said. “I gave it everything I had and I’m really happy with my finish.”
Emma Ledbetter was the next Lady Husky across the finish line in 23rd place (12:23). Julia Shepherd finished in 47th (12:53) followed by Kaitlyn Berckmann (12:54) and Riley Emerson (13:55).
“We’re young and we had a good year,” North coach Kent Douglas said. “This is a great base to build off, so we’re hoping next year we’ll do even better than we did this year.”
Santa Fe was led by Madison Forman, who placed 43rd in 12:52. Allison Tompkins was next in 67th place (13:08) followed by Joelle Glimp (13:16), Karlie Hammon (13:30), Julia Tang (14:09), Ashley Sassenrath (14:26) and Victoria Walter (14:40).
Cheyenne Walden of Sand Springs won the 6A girls race with a time of 11:19.