EDMOND — Cross country may be a lot like baseball. You live for today, but there’s always one eye on tomorrow. In that context, Norman High, the boys and girls, had a bang up day at Saturday’s Class 6A state meet at Mitch Park.
The Tiger boys placed 10th, which was not what they had in mind. The Tiger girls placed seventh which may have been slightly better than what they had in mind. But it was a career day for several runners and just about everybody’s coming back, which is a great place to be in the offseason.
The best hope for a hometown state title was Parker Bowles. Instead, the junior placed fifth. On the other hand, he ran his best time of the year: 16:24, finishing behind Steven Baker and Taylor Monaghan of Tulsa Union, as well as Westmoore’s Toby Bothwell and Edmond North’s Adam Godwin.
His best time of the year, however, is not his best time period.
A year ago, Bowles placed fifth at the state meet in 16:12 on the same course.
The best news, though, for Bowles and his teammates is every single one of them will be back next season. That’s a group that, after Bowles, is led by freshman Tanner Satterthwaite, who placed 22nd in his first state meet in 16:58.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t finish as high as we wanted to, but we had several boys that ran their best times of the year,” Tiger boys coach Bob Byers said.
In addition to Bowles, Al Maeder (18:01) and Landon Sagebiel (18:11) also ran their best times of the year.
In addition to Bowles, NHS freshman Megan Johnson, with a sixth-place finish, in 11:59, also earned all-state honors. Johnson’s time was 34 seconds faster than her regional posting at Marlow last week.
But if Johnson was impressive, the Tiger girls’ aggregate effort may be more so.
Angelica Martinez placed 18th only three weeks after having to take three weeks off following a severe strain to her lateral collateral ligament. Martinez suffered the injury at the Edmond Dog Pack run Sept. 19 and didn’t return until the first week of October, and even then with the junior varsity.
And while Johnson ran a personal best, so did Veronica and Vanessa Richartz. Only Martinez and Vanessa Richartz will not be back next season.
“Our girls ran really well,” NHS coach Suzy Rojas said. “I’m really proud of them.”
Jags the best
Though local schools failed to bring home a state title, an area school pulled it off. Led by Katelin Cherry, who had already won the Mid-State Conference meet and last week’s Marlow regional, the Westmoore girls brought home the state title with a score of 52, 10 spots better than Edmond North and 15 spots better than Jenks.
Cherry had to settle for a second-place individual finish, running the Mitch Park course in 11:50, just 2 seconds behind Jenks’ Paige Barnes.
The Moore boys threatened to win a state title, but with a final score of 99, placed second, 18 spots behind Union’s 81. Broken Arrow, Edmond Memorial and Jenks rounded out the boys top 5.
Bauer leads North
Norman North’s victory was sending both its boys and girls teams to the state meet. That was enough to please coach Mike Ramsey. So he couldn’t have been too disappointed by the Timberwolves’ 11th place finish in both the boys’ and girls’ races.
J.D. Bauer was North’s high finisher, placing 16th among the boys in 16:52.
The fastest North girl was Danielle Riley, who placed 32nd in 12:50.
This Week's Circulars
Melba Rayburn (82) of Noble, passed away on September 22, 2021 at the Norman Regional Hospital. Services are pending with McMahans Funeral Home of Noble.
Natasha Dawn Cole, 41 of Norman, passed away on September 18, 2021. Memorial Services will be held on October 1st at 11:00 am at the Minco Assembly in Minco, Oklahoma. Arrangements are under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service.