cross country OC High School Invitational

DREW HARMON | The Edmond Sun Edmond cross country runners, from left, North's Kyle Costello, Memorial's Brian Buschelman, Memorial's Colton Bohannon and Deer Creek's Jacob Mild compete in the Oklahoma Christian High School Invitational Thursday afternoon.

MARLOW — Edmond Memorial, North and Santa Fe each placed in the top seven at the 5A west cross country regional, to qualify for the state meet on Thursday.

Memorial, led by Brian Buschelman, paced the Bulldogs, as they took third at the meet.

Buschelman finished the two-mile course in 17:33, which was good enough for seventh place, as all seven runners placed in the top 50.

Tyler Stukey took 13th in 17:47, Eric Talbert took 14th in 17:49, Erik Jarvis placed 19th in 18:03, and Colton Bohannon took 23rd in 18:11.

Brendan Fox took 43rd in 18:45, followed by Garrett Horn, who placed 46th in 18:51.

The North boy’s had one of their best performances of the season, placing fourth with a score of 143.

Kyle Costello led the Huskies, taking 10th place in 17:40. Zach Lanier placed 29th in 18:21, Mitch Ross took 37th in 18:38, Steven Hamby was right behind him in 39th with a time of 18:40, followed by Adam Goodwin in 47th at 18:51 and Taylor Hildenbrand in 51st at 19:05.

Santa Fe took sixth, edging out Norman North by one-point, with a team score of 174.

“This is the best we have run all year as a team and it could not have come at a better time,” said Santa Fe head coach Steve Herron. “The guys really stepped it up today to place better than three other schools we had never beaten.”

Christian Pearson led the Wolves effort, with a 22nd place finish in 18:10. Matt Oesterle was next in 30th at 18:23, followed by Casey Murray in 32nd at 18:25.

Placing 36th was Ethan Pollock with a time of 18:34, followed by Josh Leonard in 54th in 19:11. Brad Cameron finished 82nd in 20:43.

“If there was a team spirit award for the J.V. team, our guys would have won that hands down. They cheered with home made flags and green body paint all around the course. It was truly a team effort,” Herron said.

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