Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek
The story: Overcame an early season injury to run away with his second straight Class 5A individual title with a time of 15:47.96 — 23 seconds ahead of the field — to lead Deer Creek to its third straight team title.
Runner of the Year
Ben Barrett, Norman North
The story: Barrett set his sights on a Class 6A individual title, and followed through on his goal. His time of 15:30 was good for a 10-second victory over a loaded 6A field.
Blake Crouch, Edmond North
The story: The senior was Edmond North's best runner all year and closed his career strong with a 14th-place finish at 6A state with a time of 16:32.
Chris Ebert, Edmond Memorial
The story: Despite a disappointing finish to the year, Ebert was one of the metro area's top runners all season, including his runner-up finish to state champ Barrett at regionals.
Lance Frost, Mustang
The story: The pacesetter for the Broncos this season, Frost finished fourth at regionals and 10th at state in 6A with a time of 16:14.
Gaven Kanske, Southmoore
The story: Established the SaberCats' cross country school record with a time of 16:36 at state, good for a 15th-place finish.
Gabe Thompson, Edmond Memorial
The story: Solid all year for a Bulldog team that came in second to Jenks at state. Thompson finished 11th individually at 16:15.
Coach of the Year
David Riden, Deer Creek
The story: Riden's teams just keep winning. His boys and girls swept Class 5A track last spring, and did the same in cross country this fall. It was the third straight team title for the boys. Between cross country and track, the Antler boys have won five state titles in a row.