The Guthrie High School cross country teams returned from Hennessey’s 9th Annual Mike Driskill Invitational with the boys and girls titles.
“We had several boys and girls get medals. Both teams won and got plaques,” first-year head coach Bryce Balenseifen said. They were really excited.”
The Lady Jays sneaked past Kingfisher by 11 team points to claim the team win, 62-73, on Saturday.
Junior Kamryn Boller crossed the line first overall in the 3200-meter run at the Turkey Creek Golf Course. She was 22 seconds faster than the second-place finisher in a time of 13:24.91.
Boller was joined by sophomores Raley Hooper and Peyton Read in the top 10. Hooper finished at 14:03 and Read at 14:13.
Just outside the top 10 was junior Hannah Smith with a time of 14:17.
Sophomore Gracie Ball finished out the scoring with a 47th-place finish.
For the Bluejays, junior Mason Mayer finished second overall to help lead his team to victory. Mayer ran 17:55 and was 37 seconds behind Perkins-Tryon’s Corbin Galt.
Just behind Mayer was senior Lance Sallee (17:59) to finish third and junior Beckett Terry rounded out the top 10 with a run of 18:52.
Senior Tyler Waggoner, junior Eli Fortney, and freshmen Isaiah Blevins helped secured the team win with finishes in the top 18.
The Jays finished with a team-low 43 points. Next in line were OKC Knights (57) and Chisholm (76).
“They shouldn’t strive for awards,” Balenseifen said as he looks toward the future. “The ultimate goal is to win, but in order to do that you have to constantly get better.”
He continued, “That is the mentality these kids need to have. Once that becomes the mentality, trophies, medals, and other awards will come. I think they are starting to get it, and it’s really fun seeing it all happen.”
Guthrie will run at the Pre-State run at Edmond Santa Fe on Saturday.
The state run is set for Oct. 29 in Edmond.
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