Jamboree brings top competition
As usual, Oklahoma State's Cowboy Jamboree drew runners from multiple states in junior high through college to compete in the 77th edition of the race.
Out-of-state visitors took some of the top high school titles, including both Class 6A boys and girls divisions. But locals picked up a few victories.
Deer Creek's Bryce Balenseifen won the Class 4A/5A boys division in 16:22. Marlow's Rylee Rich won the Class A-3A girls race at 12:21.
In 6A boys, Jenks' Cody Jones was second overall and Norman North's Ben Barrett was third, each less than seven seconds off the winning pace. In 6A girls, Edmond North's Jaci Smith was the top Oklahoma finisher, coming in third at 11:36, just 15 seconds behind the winner.
The Norman North girls and Jenks boys both came away as team champions in the 6A division.
HELKERS DOUBLE UP AT OSU
For the second straight year, the Helker family came away with two victories at the Cowboy Jamboree. Hannah Helker, an Edmond North grad currently running for Oklahoma Baptist, won the college division at the Jamboree, just as she did a year ago.
For her efforts, Hannah was also named the NAIA Runner of the Week.
And little brother Jed Helker, who runs for Edmond Central Middle School, repeated as the winner of the junior-high division as well.
PAULS VALLEY, PURCELL WIN CONFERENCE TITLES
The Pauls Valley girls and Purcell boys picked up STP Conference titles on Tuesday in Tecumseh.
Led by Josue Olguin, who finished second individually, Purcell defeated Tecumseh by 20 points. Purcell had five runners in the top 10 to score 31 points.
Claire Grimmett was Pauls Valley's top finisher in fifth place with Marisa Golden in sixth as Pauls Valley scored 68 points, edging Tecumseh by four.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT