High school notebook: Mustang's Emily Helms break record in win

Emily Helms of Mustang not only repeated as the 6A state cross country champion Saturday, she shattered the course record at Edmond Santa Fe High School by 17 seconds.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber Published: October 28, 2012
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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.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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