Defending 6A state girls cross country champion Emily Helms of Mustang may be peaking at the right time.
On Saturday, Helms finished fourth in the 5K at the prestigious Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., which featured more than 400 high school runners from across the region.
Helms' time was 18:25 in the 3.1-mile race. Mustang coach Mike McGarry called it Helms' best race of the season.
“Her confidence is up and she ran well,” he said.
On the boys' side, Alex Shook of Edmond Memorial was the top high school runner from Oklahoma, finishing 11th overall with a time of 16:08.
Both Mustang's girls and Edmond Memorial's boys are the two top-ranked cross country teams in Class 6A and will compete Saturday in Norman at the regional meet.
The top seven teams and the next top seven individuals qualify to the state meet, Oct. 27 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
CARSON COMMITS TO NEW MEXICO
Tulsa East Central linebacker Kimmie Carson, No. 10 on the Super 30 list, made his commitment official Monday, announcing on Twitter that he had committed to New Mexico.
Carson was the highest uncommitted player on the list.
Lawton MacArthur running back Darius Graham, No. 11 on the list, is now the highest uncommitted player.
Lobos tight ends coach Derek Warehime is a former Choctaw High and University of Tulsa standout.
New Mexico is coached by former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie.
NORMAN NORTH-PC NORTH GAME TO AIR ON NEWSOK
A key District 6A-3 battle between Norman North and Putnam City North will be broadcast live on NewsOK.com at 7 p.m. Friday night from Putnam City Stadium.
Norman North is 4-0 in district play, and could put itself in the driver's seat for the 6A-3 title with a win. At 3-1 in the district, PC North could pull into a tie at the top and keep itself in the hunt for the crown as well.
The broadcast, produced by ZPreps.com, can be found at NewsOK.com/Sports.