The Guthrie boys cross country season started off with a team win and an individual win with Lance Sallee in Weatherford. They followed that up with an unusual race under the lights.
The Bluejays finished with three runners in the top five and six in the top 15 to easily capture the overall team win with a low score of 27 points. Elk City was next with 74.
Leading the way was junior Sallee with a time of 10:44 in the two-mile run. He was followed closely by sophomore Mason Mayer, who finished in 10:53 to finish second overall. Next for the Jays was Tyler Waggoner in fifth place (11:03), Jaxon Harden in sixth (11:12), Gideon Hiel in 12th (11:25) and Landen Dixon in 13th (11:34).
For the Lady Jays, they claimed second place in the mile and a half race with 61 team points. Kingfisher took the team title with 29 overall points.
Guthrie’s Kamryn Boller finished in the top 10 with a ninth place finish in 10:01. Next was Raley Hooper in 14th (10:09), Peyton Read in 15th (10:12), Hannah Smith in 17th (10:16) and Gracie Ball in 21st (10:26).
Under The Lights
Over the weekend, the varsity and junior varsity teams competed in the ultra-competitive, annual Harrier Invitational cross country meet at Mustang’s Wild Horse Park, which is one of the biggest events of the year with over 500 runners.
The race is ran under the lights of the park and last year’s meet was believed to be the first night high school cross country race in state history.
The course saw a few winding loops as the park turned on the soccer, baseball and softball field lights to help illuminate the path in addition to the standalone lights.
The Bluejays finished eighth overall in the Class 6A-5A race, while the Lady Jays finished in sixth place.
Three Lady Jays finished within seconds of each other with Smith taking 36th (22:47), Boller 37th (22:47) and Read finishing 38th (22:49). Ball was behind them in 40th (22:51).
For the Jays, Mayer cross the line first to finish 25th overall (17:43). Sallee was next and finished 30th (17:52).