“As long as Coach Reece, Coach Jensen, and I are here, this event will live on,” those were the words from second-year head coach Bryce Balenseifen following the Clay Tarter Memorial Invitational.
“There are so many people to thank for their help today. This event will become one of the biggest, best, and smoothest cross-country events in Oklahoma,” the coach said following the Sept. 8 race.
The coaches, along with the Guthrie athletic department, volunteers, and the City of Guthrie, put in several hours of work for the run that featured schools from all across the state.
Deer Creek won both the boy’s and girls varsity races. Both Guthrie teams took fourth place in a field of 6A and 5A schools. There were 225 varsity runners alone.
Afterward, four junior high races were held and before the high school students, there was a community run with participation from all ages.