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High school cross country: Young Norman North girls still a contender

by Trent Shadid Published: September 3, 2014

The Norman North girls cross country team dominated at the Class 6A championship last season.

The Timberwolves had four girls place in the top 12 and finished with 51 points, 67 better than second-place Norman High.

While three of the team’s top four runners have graduated, Norman North isn’t expecting to take a big step backward.

“The girls lost some huge team leaders,” said coach Jonathan Koscinski. “We’re hoping that our set of seniors this year can step it up and carry this group. We’ve got three freshmen that are going to be really good. I see them all having the capability of being top 20 or so contenders at state.”

Isabella Rose is the top returnee after finishing sixth in the state last season. Madeline Brown, who was 26th in the state in 2013, is also expected to lead the way this season.


Mustang’s Kyra Fuller is expected to be among the top runners in Class 6A once again this season.

In her quest to improve from fourth last season to state champion as a senior, Fuller believe the Broncos’ close-knit team is one of her most important assets.

“Our team has been running in a group this year,” Fuller said. “I think that helps you bring your pack closer together and makes you faster.”

Mustang coach Vickie Bailey says Fuller gives the younger girls on the team someone to look up to as a leader, but Fuller doesn’t see herself as more important than the rest of the team.

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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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