Norman North's Belle Wallace finds stride at the right time of the season

GIRLS ALL-CITY RUNNER OF THE YEAR — Wallace's late-season burst helped the Timberwolves win the team state championship.
by Scott Wright Published: November 29, 2013

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.

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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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