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Cross country notebook: Oklahoma cross country squads will compete in Chile Pepper

Among the Oklahoma schools entered in the Chile Pepper include Bishop McGuinness, Deer Creek, Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Heritage Hall, Mustang, Santa Fe South and Stillwater.
by Ed Godfrey Published: October 12, 2012

Oklahoma and Texas are the only states were high school girls don't run the 5K, the same distance as the boys, in cross country.

Many of the large school cross country coaches in Oklahoma want to go to the 5K, which is 3.1 miles. The large majority of small school coaches are against it, since more of their student-athletes play multiple sports.

Texas was the last school to change to a 5K for girls and decided on a split between its classes.

Etheridge said that could be the eventual result in Oklahoma as well, especially since the large school and small school cross country state meets are on different courses.


Mustang's girls and Edmond North's boys captured Tuesday's Metro Athletic Conference meet in Bethany.

Defending 6A state champion Emily Helms was the girls' conference champion, nipping teammate Kyra Fuller.

Austin Mayer of Edmond North did the same against his teammate, Blake Crouch, on the boys' side.

In the Mid State Conference meet in Norman on Tuesday, Edmond Memorial's boys and Norman North's girls were the champs.

Alex Shook of Edmond Memorial defeated Norman's McKenzie Wahpepah-Harris by 10 seconds to win the boys' crown. Haley Redwine of Norman won the girls' race.


Tesa Potter of Tecumseh continues an impressive freshman season.

She has won four meets and finished second four times. Her biggest win was last week in the pre-state meet at Oklahoma Baptist University against 4A, 5A and 6A runners.

Shawnee's girls won the team title.

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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