State cross country notebook: Norman North wins girls 6A state title

Led by Belle Wallace, who finished second with a time of 11:30, the Timberwolves finished with 51 points, well ahead of Norman's 118.
by Chris Brannick Published: November 2, 2013
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photo - The Norman North team stays together during the first part of the 6A Girl's race, during the Classes 6A, 5A & 4A State Cross country meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, OK, Saturday, November 2, 2013,  Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
The Norman North team stays together during the first part of the 6A Girl's race, during the Classes 6A, 5A & 4A State Cross country meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, OK, Saturday, November 2, 2013, Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

The Norman North girls cross country team came away with the Class 6A state title on Saturday morning.

Led by Belle Wallace, who finished second with a time of 11:30, the Timberwolves finished with 51 points, well ahead of Norman's 118.

Norman North got additional help from Abbey Mace and Isabella Rose, who finished fifth and sixth respectively with times of 11:39 and 11:40.

“All of our girls ran fantastic,” Norman North head coach Mike Ramsey said. “They ran in a pack. They were all very confident.”

Ramsey also coached the boys' champion, Ben Barrett, who finished with a time of 15:30. Jenks won the boys' team championship with 23 points.

Sand Springs' Cheyenne Walden won the girls individual title with a time of 11:19, the fastest overall time of the day.

DEER CREEK DOMINATES 5A MEET

In addition to Bryce Balenseifen's second straight individual championship that led the Deer Creek boys' team to its third consecutive title, the Antler girls won their first championship.

“They ran so great today,” Deer Creek head coach David Riden said.

Sheri Snyder paced the way for Deer Creek, coming in fifth place with a time of 12:33. Not far behind her were teammates Ashton England (12:46) in seventh place and Brianne Kirchgessner (12:49) in 12th place. The team totaled 49 points, Tahlequah came in second with 67.

WERNER BREAKS THROUGH IN 5A GIRLS RACE

Grove's Michaela Werner had plenty of motivation heading into Saturday's 5A girls state championship. She's been there twice before and came close to winning both times.

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by Chris Brannick
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Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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