State cross country notebook: Plainview's Alex Davis repeats

Alex Davis beat rival Regan Ward by a healthy margin for a second consecutive state title and a time of 11:02. Ward finished second with a time of 11:29.
BY SCOTT SHARP For The Oklahoman Published: October 20, 2012

photo - Plainview's Alex Davis takes an early lead during the class 3A girls State cross country meet at Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech in Shawnee, OK, Saturday, October 20, 2012. She went on to win the 3A meet.  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Plainview's Alex Davis takes an early lead during the class 3A girls State cross country meet at Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech in Shawnee, OK, Saturday, October 20, 2012. She went on to win the 3A meet. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

“I definitely like track better,” the junior said after the race. “But cross country definitely makes me better for my track events.”

Reese said one of the reasons why she prefers track is because of scheduling. Track meets are usually during school, while cross country is run on the weekends.

Lowery wins second title

Chandler's Chris Lowery won his second straight cross country title in Class 3A with a time of 16:08. Lowery has five state titles in track. The senior said he started feeling sick Friday night and even before Saturday's race. Lowery said he felt OK running but began to get sick again after the race.

Lowery wanted to best his time of 15:55 from last year but fell a bit short.

Course featured hills, sudden turns

Most of the individual winners Saturday made note of the hilly course at Gordan Cooper Technology Center. The hills make it hard to produce fast times. Competitors also said the sudden turns on the course can take away their momentum.