Emily Helms of Mustang not only repeated as the Class 6A state cross country champion Saturday, she shattered the course record at Edmond Santa Fe High School by 17 seconds.
“She is one of the most dominating 6A cross country runners in Oklahoma history,” Mustang coach Mike McGarry said.
Helms posted a time of 11:11.29 Saturday, seven seconds off her personal best, but she had such a big lead that McGarry had her ease to the finish for the last quarter-mile of the race.
“I just strided in,” Helms said. “It was a wonderful experience. I felt really good (Saturday).
“The competition is always tough. You can never go in expecting to win. You just hope the training you put in was enough and it happened to be this year and last year.”
ANTLERS REPEAT, KEEP STREAK ALIVE
Deer Creek's boys cross country squad won their second consecutive state championship Saturday while Bryce Balenseifen became the six straight Antler to win the individual title.
Balenseifen is just a sophomore and has a chance to match former Antler Taler Buck, who was a three-time consecutive cross country state champ before this year. Dakota Buck and Andrew Young were previous state champions for Deer Creek in 2008 and 2007.
Deer Creek had five of the top 12 runners at Saturday's Class 5A state meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
The Antlers also won state cross country titles in 2006 and 2007.
CHA SEALS PLAYOFF SPOT IN MERRELL'S RETURN
With its head coach back on the sideline after a one-week absence, Christian Heritage took care of business in a 21-6 win over Crooked Oak Friday night.
Coach John Merrell missed the previous game to be with his daughter, who recently learned she had cancer.
The CHA defense gave up only 185 total yards in the win to lock up the No. 3 playoff seed in District 2A-2.
Quarterback Colton Lindsey has been one of the top passers in Class 2A, with more than 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
YUKON, NORTHWEST WIN ROWING TITLES
OKC RIVERSPORT's SandRidge Energy Youth League crowned champions in high school rowing and paddle sports Saturday on the Oklahoma River. Yukon High School won the overall point in paddling, while Northwest Classen finished first in the rowing regatta. Each school was awarded the SandRidge Cup in their respective sports.