NORMAN — Norman North cross country coach Mike Ramsey promises that his girls weren't actually playing rock-paper-scissors before meets to determine who would finish where.
But even if they had been, the results would have been just about the same. Ramsey's top three runners — Belle Wallace, Abbey Mace and Isabella Rose — seemed to be in contention every time the Timberwolves hit the course, and none was particularly stronger than the other.
Wallace, a senior, really found her stride at the end of the season, winning the Mid-State Conference meet and the Class 6A west regional, then finishing second at state behind Sand Springs' Cheyenne Walden.
Her late-season burst earned Wallace The Oklahoman's Female All-City Runner of the Year honor.
With three girls in the top six, Norman North claimed the team crown as well.
“This year was really rewarding, because we put in so much hard work since last season, when we placed third,” Wallace said. “The day after state last year, we said we wanted to win next year, and we came back and worked really hard to get there.