The Wildcat Ladies’ Cross Country team finished 4th at the tough Tahlequah Cross Country Meet last week with several runners posting personal best times.
“I really feel like if we would have had Jordan Hendren in our lineup, who is out with an injury, we could have finished as high as 2nd,” coach Roger White said.
Ashley Garver lead the way with a personal best time of 13 minutes 7.4 seconds, and Kasey Rein was close behind with a time of 13:12.3 in the two mile run. They finished 11th and 13th respectfully. Haleigh McAnally continues to improve with a time of 13:34.5 which was good for 24th. Paige Anderson (40th) and Lexi Bingham (51st) both ran their personal best with times of 13:55.3 and 14:13.8. Allison Smola and McKenzie Davis crossed the finish line in 14:58 and 16:01.
“You can’t be disappointed in a 6th place finish when all your boys ran their personal best and without our freshman leader Jonathan Halko,” White said. “It was a really tough meet.”
Tanner Larson continued his strong season on Saturday by shaving a full minute and a half off his 5K time. He finished 16th with a time of 18:23.1. David Snelgrove (18:55.9) and Logan Davis (19:03.3) finished 31st and 33rd. Daniel Smola shaved off 26 seconds by finishing in 19:25.2, which was good for 40th. Brandon Gaines ran almost three minutes faster than last week with a 21:07.1. Carsen Young and Collin Murphy both improved with times of 21:44 and 21:47.1. J.V. runner Logan Lambert ran his personal best in 21:33.
“Our middle school boys finished in 1st place and outscored the 2nd place team, Ft. Gibson, by 26 points,” coach White said.
The Jr. Wildcats were without starters Ian Dooley, Dallin Windsor, Dakota Cope and Jared Rein. All the MS boys ran their personal best times in the two mile run. Colton Watters lead the team with a 7th placed medal in a time of 12:03. Ryan Lang and Tyler Wade were 10th and 11th with times of 12:22 and 12:27. Ethan Taylor and Justin Rein, who finished 13th and 14th, improved with times of 12:31.2 and 12:31.7, both shaved over 30 seconds from their best times. Hunter Clemmons and Quint Wheeler continue to improve by finishing 24th and 25th with times of 13:19.4 and 13:19.9.
The middle school girls team finished in 4th place. They were without starters Bianca Cardenas, Breanne Grothe, and Madison Lybarger. “With those three in our lineup we would have had a shot for the title,” coach White added.
Keli Patterson and Caitlin Lewis continue to shave off time by finishing the mile run in 5:50.1 and 6:00.6 which were good for 2nd and 4th place medals. Lindsey Hagen and Sagely McAdoo finished 32nd and 44th with times of 6:37 and 6:46.3. Regan McColl (49th) and Katherine Bethel (57th) both set new personel records with times of 6:51.1 and 6:56.1. Emily Knight also ran her personal best time of 7:36.5
The high school teams will run again Friday at Mitch Park in Edmond for the Pre-State meet at 2 p.m. The middle school and high school will be at the Suburban Conference Championships on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. which has been moved to Deer Creek.