Keyed by three runners in the top 10, the Deer Creek boys cross country team won the Class 6A state championship last Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe.
A.J. Antonelli paced the Antlers with a third-place finish, completing the 5-kilometer course in 16:04, about 25 seconds behind the winning pace set by Mustang’s Gabe Simonsen.
Gilbert Velez cracked the top 5 in fifth place, followed by Jack Reed in sixth.
Three others finished in the top 25, including Drake Wagner in 14th, Landon Harrod in 22nd and Colton Beckner in 23rd place. Hayden Wolfe also crossed the line in 35th place.
The Deer Creek girls, meanwhile, finished third in the 6A team standings. Kendall Edelen led the way with an 18th-place effort.
Four runners made it inside the top 50, including Mia John in 28th, Jolie Strawn in 29th, Julia Reed in 42nd and Aubrey Byers in 47th place.
PC North’s lone qualifier Mia Popchoke also made the top 50 in 48th place.
Irish girls take 2nd in 5A meet
With three athletes in the top 25, including one in the top 10, the McGuinness girls finished second last Saturday at the Class 5A state championships at Edmond Santa Fe.
Olivia Fosbenner, coming off her victory at regionals, placed seventh to lead the Irish. She improved her regional time by nearly 11 seconds to complete the 5K course in 20:09.
Mount St. Mary’s Ayden Kearney, who finished second to Fosbenner at regionals, finished in 14th place to lead the Rockets’ two state qualifiers with teammate Sarah Scanlon in 70th place.
Caroline Russell and Torie Whitbeck cracked the top 25 to place 22nd and 25th, respectively.
Three others finished in the top 50, including Maria Raglow in 31st, Hattie Luke in 32nd, Katherine Hill in 41st and Kaitlyn Bishop in 43rd place.
Mount St. Mary’s Jackson Salsman-Whitfield finished in fifth place to lead the Rocket boys to fifth at the 5A state meet. The sophomore completed the 5K course in 16:36.
Four other Rockets cracked the top 50, including Jack Hunsucker in 21st, John Cervantes in 36th, Eli Cervantes in 41st and Chris Rodarte in 47th.
Luke Chansolme was the only McGuinness runner in the top 50 to finish 24th and helped the Irish boys to 11th in the team standings.