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Boys All-City cross country first team capsules

Find out who made The Oklahoman's Boys All-City cross country team.
by Ed Godfrey Published: November 23, 2012
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Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris, Norman

Class: Senior

Wahpepah-Harris finished third in the Class 6A state meet, second in the west regional and ran a personal best 15:36 this year in the 5K.

Chris Lowery, Chandler

Class: Senior

Lowery won his second consecutive 3A cross country title this season. He also is the two-time defending state 3A champ in the 3,200-meter and 800-meter runs.

Alex Shook, Edmond Memorial

Class: Senior

Shook was the Mid-State Conference champion, running a personal best 15:48 at the conference meet. He won the 6A west regional in Norman and then finished sixth at the 6A state meet at Edmond Santa Fe.

Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek

Class: Sophomore

Balenseifen was the 5A state champion and did not lose a race to a 5A opponent all season. He consistently finished in the top five against 6A competition.

Ben Barrett, Norman North

Class: Sophomore

Barrett finished fourth in the west 6A regional, fifth in the Mid-State Conference championship meet and 13th at the 6A state meet, running a 16:15.

Gabe Thompson, Edmond Memorial

Class: Junior

Thompson placed third in the 6A west regional, was fourth at the Mid-State Conference championship meet and finished 15th at the state meet, running a 16:22.

Runner of the Year

Noah Gade, Stillwater

Class: Senior

Gade won the 6A state title after finishing runner-up last year. He will run for Oklahoma State University's national championship cross country team next season.

Coach of the Year

David Riden, Deer Creek

Riden guided Deer Creek's cross country team to its second straight state Class 5A state championship, dominating the rest of the field. It was the Antlers fourth cross country title in six years.

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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