High school cross country: Norman hosts OK Runner Classic on Friday

Tigers will host 47 schools, including some defending state champions.
by Ed Godfrey Published: September 5, 2012
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It's early in the cross country season, but one of the biggest meets of the year will be Friday, when Norman High School hosts the 7th Annual OK Runner Classic.

The meet is on Norman's home course at Irving Middle School, which also is home to the 4A, 5A and 6A west regionals. Forty-seven schools from 2A through 6A are entered.

Because it is a regional site, the meet attracts some of the best cross country programs in the western half of the state.

“This will be a great gauge because it is on a regional site,” Westmoore coach Laura Clay said.

The 6A and 5A teams compete in one division with 4A schools and below running in the other.

Among the girls' teams entered are defending 2A state champion Hennessey; 3A champ Plainview; 3A runner-up Marlow; and 6A champ Edmond Memorial. Six of the top seven girls' squads from last year's 6A state cross country meet are entered.

On the boys' side, defending state champions Plainview (3A), Elgin (4A), Deer Creek (5A) and Norman (6A) are running.

The small school meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The large schools start at 1:30 p.m. with a junior high meet to follow at 4:30.

SCOTT IMPRESSIVE EARLY ON

Alex Scott of Westmoore ran a personal best 11:57.93 to win the inaugural Carl Albert Titan Invitational on Friday in Midwest City.

The senior had never posted a time below 12 minutes before and is running almost 30 seconds faster than she did last year, said Westmoore coach Laura Clay.

Scott had a personal best time of 12:25 entering the meet, the first of the year for Westmoore.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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