By Evan Grice
There was some good and not so good moments for the Piedmont cross country teams at the regional meet this past Saturday at Norman High School.
While the Wildcats team was able to qualify as a team for the state competition with a fourth place finish, the Lady Wildcats were shorthanded on the day, and were forced to settle for a 13th place finish as a team.
Deer Creek claimed both boys and girls titles on the day.
“Three of our girls ran personal best times at regionals, which was great to see,” Piedmont coach Todd Johnson said. “We were missing two girls, which made it tough for qualifying. But, I’m very excited to see what this group can do for next season.”
Zoe Jindra was the top finisher for the Lady Wildcats in 51st place with a time of 14:41, followed by Mikayla Lunsford in 55th place with a time of 14:47.
Tiffany Rivas and Allison Smola claimed 78th and 79th places respectively with times of 16:41 and 16:46.
Russian foreign exchange student Irina Protasevich, placed 101st overall in her first official race as a Lady Wildcat.
Meanwhile, the results were much more favorable for the Wildcats cross country team, who were led by John Anderson in 12th place with a time of 17:30.
“The boys ran extremely well, in fact better than we have ran all season,” Johnson said. “However, we felt like we still could have ran much better than we did. We finished fourth, which is the highest we have ever placed at regionals as a 5A school. Guymon finished four points in front of us, and we should have beat them. Just qualifying for state isn’t good enough for us. We want to take it to a higher level at state.”
“I want all of my guys to place higher than they did at regionals,” Johnson added. “We can and we will place higher as a team at state.”
Jonathan Halko placed 17th overall with a time of 17:49, with teammates Tanner Dixon and Ethan Taylor coming in 32nd and 33rd places respectively.
Lane Tooman finished in 40th place overall, with Connor McIntosh rounding out the results in 61st place.
The state meet will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. from Edmond Santa Fe High School.