High school notebook: Heritage Hall wins Guthrie meet

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 27, 2012

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.

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
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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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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