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State cross country: Norman North girls team hoping to run away with title

The Timberwolves are loaded with talent. The team's top four runners — Belle Wallace, Isabella Rose, Abbey Mace and Sheridan Spelman — all have the capability of winning Saturday's race. They swept the top three spots at the 6A west regionals last Saturday.
by Scott Wright Published: November 1, 2013
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Norman North girls cross country coach Mike Ramsey knows the challenge is coming.

With the state meet set for Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe, Ramsey hopes his team can keep running away from the competition like it has done throughout the season.

But state can be different, and Ramsey has reminded his team that maintaining the focus that has gotten them to this point will be the characteristic that can bring them a title.

The Timberwolves are loaded with talent. The team's top four runners — Belle Wallace, Isabella Rose, Abbey Mace and Sheridan Spelman — all have the capability of winning Saturday's race. They swept the top three spots at the 6A west regionals last Saturday.

“I don't think they flip a coin or do rock-paper-scissors to decide who's gonna win,” Ramsey joked. “Whichever one feels best that day wins.

“They're gonna come across the mile marker about the same, and at that point, the race is on between them.”

At regionals, their top five all finished 11th or better and the 24 team points was good for a 45-point victory. But the Timberwolves are guarding against overconfidence, especially after last year's third-place state finish.

“We're confident, but not too confident,” Mace said. “At state, there are always teams that bust out. So we're also cautious, knowing that what happened last year could happen again this year.”

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by Scott Wright
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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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