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High school cross country: Norman North's Ben Barrett wants to build on last season's success

“Primarily I want to make sure I avoid injuries and stay healthy overall,” Barrett said. “From a competition standpoint, I want to win state and go back to the Foot Locker Championships.”
by Trent Shadid Published: August 27, 2014
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NORMAN — Defending Class 6A cross country state champion Ben Barrett continues to elevate his expectations.

The Norman North senior was all about winning a state title this time a year ago. After doing so, he shifted his focused to qualifying for the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in San Diego. Again, mission accomplished.

Now with the experience of competing on the national stage, Barrett is eyeing a repeat of last season’s success with a more confident approach.

“Primarily I want to make sure I avoid injuries and stay healthy overall,” Barrett said. “From a competition standpoint, I want to win state and go back to the Foot Locker Championships.

“I had never really done anything on a national level like I did last year and I gained a lot of experience from that. I was a little shocked by it all last year, but if I go back this year it’ll be all business. Things just sort of happened for me and now I have higher expectations for myself.”

The strong showing on a national level, he finished 29th at the Foot Locker event, has several schools showing interest in Barrett’s ability.

He lists Iowa State, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Syracuse, and Texas as his top schools that have expressed interest with none being currently preferred over the others. He will begin taking official visits next week and says he’s definitely planning on making trips to Iowa State, Syracuse, and North Carolina State.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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