Norman headed to unique eventNorman’s cross country teams will compete in the 25th annual Greenhills Rock and Roll Relays on Saturday at Nordic Park in Dallas. The meet is unlike most any other as there are as many as 3,000 runners competing. What’s more, the runners have to negotiate unusual obstacles on the course. "The kids have to run over bales of hay — some of which are as tall as me,” said Norman girls cross country coach Suzy Rojas. "And there are live bands playing the whole time. In some places, fans are standing 10-people deep. It’s not like anything the kids have ever seen. They’re going to just love it.” Norman has one of the state’s best runners in sophomore Megan Johnson, who was All-State in cross country last year and won the Class 6A state title in the 3,200 meters.
McGuinness girls strong as everBishop McGuinness’ long run of dominating girls cross country teams appears to be charging along. The Irish girls clobbered everyone at the Southern Nazarene Preseason Challenge, including Class 6A Broken Arrow, which was runner-up. McGuinness’ first five runners all placed in the top 14. Six of the seven runners competing finished among the first 19 runners. Mary Kate Roy, Maddie Bisson and Mary Beth Canfield paced the Irish, finishing sixth, seventh and eighth. Roy posted a time of 7:42 in the 2,000-meter race. Erin Gaffney and Lizzy Whitbeck came in back-to-back at 14 and 15. Sophomore Bri Guthrie, the Class 5A runner-up last year, was also a top-20 finisher.
Season getting underwayWith just one highly attended event in the books, the season has yet to get fully rolling. However, several big events are coming up this week. Little Axe will host its invitational today with the girls starting things at 4:15 p.m. The Watonga Invitational, which always draws a large contingent of the smaller-school powers, is being held Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. And Guthrie’s "Cottonwood Flats” meet will take place Saturday with Class 5A and below girls starting at 8:30 a.m. Class 6A girls follow and then the boys races.
Norman headed to unique event