The Guthrie High School cross country programs set out to place high at the Class 5A regional on Saturday and qualify for this week’s state meet. The Jays did exactly that.
The programs took on the challenging Case Community Park in Sand Springs.
The Bluejays were edged out by Bishop Kelley by two points for the top team spot. The Comets finished with 54 points compared to the Jays 56. Tahlequah was third with 81 team points.
The Lady Jays finished second overall behind Bishop Kelley by 43 points (23-66).
Senior Trevor Sallee, who last week won the Suburban Conference meet, won the regional title by crossing the finish line first with a time of 16:54.49. Next to cross the line, 10 seconds later, was Claremore’s Jack Vincent.
Junior Mason Barney and senior JD Coonfield piled up top 10 finishes with seventh and eighth, respectively. Sophomore Grant Mayer finished 19th and senior Loren Husky taking 21st.
For the girls, senior and three-time Suburban Conference winner Mercy Dement led the way for the Lady Jays with a fourth place regional finish with a time of 20:52.38.
Senior Tori Wells was next to cross for Guthrie in 11th place in a time of 22:14. Senior Alessandra Isella and sophomore Kaitlyn Leaty aided the Jays with top 20 scoring performances. Just outside the top 20 was junior Abigail Brown at 22nd.
The state meet will be Saturday, Nov. 2 at Edmond Santa Fe High School. The 5A girls will run at noon and followed by the 5A boys at 12:45.
The award assembly is set for 1:30 p.m.
Ticket prices for the state meet is $7 for adults and students.