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.
Led by individual winner Zoie DeFehr, Weatherford was second and Santa Fe South was third.
Weatherford won the boys competition with 85 points, coming in ahead of Santa Fe South and Guthrie. Merritt Suenram of Oklahoma Bible Academy was the individual winner.
BUSY WEEK FOR RUNNERS
One of the biggest weekends for cross country begins Friday with the 20th annual Edmond Wolf Run, also known as the Dog Pack, hosted at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Several of the metro area's top runners and teams will be at the event, and several more will be in Shawnee on Saturday.
Oklahoma Baptist University will host the first of its two annual meets at Shawnee's Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT