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High schools: City-area cross country runners to watch this season

by Trent Shadid Published: August 27, 2014

Here are some city-area cross country runners to keep an eye on this season:


Ben Barrett, Norman North, Sr.: Defending Class 6A champion has also made waves on the national scene.

Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek, Sr.: Two-time defending state champion has dominated in Class 5A.

Lance Frost, Mustang, Sr.: Made The Oklahoman’s All-City team after finishing in top 10 last season.

Neil Knight, Edmond Santa Fe, Sr.: Finished 16th in 6A as the Wolves top-runner last season.

Carter Bradford, Yukon, Jr.: The rising junior finished in the top 20 last season in 6A.

Drake DiAngelo, Deer Creek, Sr.: A vital piece to Deer Creek’s title team with a fifth-place finish last season.


Kyra Fuller, Mustang, Sr.: Expects to challenge for the Class 6A title after finishing fourth last season.

Isabella Rose, Norman North: The top returnee from the Timberwolves dominant 6A championship team.

Clara O’Connor, Edmond Memorial, Jr.: Finished ninth last season as the Bulldogs took third in 6A.

Jenny Mehner, Edmond North, Sr.: The 10th-place finisher last season is part of a Huskies team returning all of its top five runners.

Jaci Smith, Edmond North, Sr.: Experienced runner is also a standout tennis player for the Huskies.

Jaclyn Hummel, Edmond Memorial, Sr.: The veteran on a talented Bulldogs team that expects to compete for a team title.

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
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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