Heritage Hall's girls' cross country squad opened their season Saturday with a victory at the Cottonwood Flats Invitational in Guthrie, defeating perennial powerhouses such as Shawnee, Deer Creek and Hennessey.
“It was a huge step for our program (which) only a couple of years ago had less than five girls, not enough to field a team,” said Heritage Hall coach David Crynes.
Heritage Hall was led by freshman Lauren Roberts who finished third overall and set a school record with a time of 11:56 in the 2-mile run. Junior Meredith Zerby placed fourth in 12:05. Senior Darby Crynes was eighth at 12:32.
“All seven of our girls ran below 13 minutes,” David Crynes said. “It was a historic win for us and validation for all of the summer miles we put in.”
Deer Creek, the defending 5A boys' state cross country champions, won the team boys' title with ease in Guthrie. The Antlers' Bryce Balenseifen won the individual crown in the 5K with a time of 16:27 while teammate Blaine Powell was second with 16:34.