High school cross country: Deer Creek, Norman North take OK Runner titles

Defending Class 5A state champion Deer Creek held off some of 6A's best teams to win the meet.
by Scott Wright Published: September 18, 2013

The Deer Creek boys cross country team flexed its muscle once again at the OK Runner Classic in Norman over the weekend.

The defending Class 5A champion Antlers held off some of 6A's best teams to win the meet with 104 points. Norman North and Edmond Memorial each had 107 points.

Bryce Balenseifen was second overall to lead Deer Creek, with Blaine Powell finishing eighth in the event that featured 27 teams.

With four runners in the top 10, Norman North coasted to victory in the girls meet.

Edmond North's Jaci Smith won with a time of 11:50, but Norman North's Abbey Mace, Isabella Rose and Isabella Wallace took second, third and fourth, respectively. Sheridan Spellman was eighth overall for the Timberwolves.

HENNESSEY WINS IN KINGFISHER

The Hennessey girls showed that they've got the depth to go up against bigger schools, winning the meet at Kingfisher on Saturday.

Depth was the key, with Hennessey's top finisher, Kirsten Benson, taking sixth individually. Arely Tarango was seventh, and Erin Thompson was ninth as Hennessey totaled 57 points to win a meet that included several larger schools.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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