Heritage Hall had been running in 4A the last few years, because that's where it belonged based on attendance. But the school's average daily attendance dropped the Charger cross country teams to 3A this year. Yet because the girls team finished in the top eight at state in 2008, 2011 and 2012, both teams were to be moved up in classification. But that was overlooked at the beginning of the year when classes were set.
Amy Cassell of the OSSAA said that as soon as they realized their error, they contacted Heritage Hall administration to make them aware of the change. They immediately apologized for the mistake and the apology was accepted.
The school agrees that 4A is where the teams belong, by rule, but wishes the mistake had been caught sooner.
“We had to change our schedule and add a couple meets, because the 4A season is a week longer. Our kids are missing more class than we usually do,” Crynes said. “Our girls and boys had a period of mental adjustment. Class 4A is so competitive with teams like Plainview, Metro Christian, Anadarko. But we've adjusted and reset our goals.
“We've got our work cut out for us, but our attitudes are in the right place.”