YUKON — Walker Cross and Jonathan Ogan laid in a pile just past the finish line, half out of exhaustion from the 3,200-meter race they had just finished, and half out of elation.
The Guthrie seniors wanted to finish first and second together at the Class 5A state track meet at Yukon's Miller Stadium, and they had accomplished it.
“We were wiped out, but we were celebrating,” Cross said with a laugh. “This was amazing.”
Cross pulled away late to take first place, but to complete the 1-2 finish, Ogan needed a late kick — and he wasn't sure he had enough gas in the tank to pass Tulsa East Central's Brock Artist over the final 100 meters.
“When we got to the last 100, I knew if I passed him, I would get him,” Ogan said. “But I didn't know if I could get him.”
Cross broke the tape in 9 minutes, 54.5 seconds, while Ogan came in at 9:59.5, just seven-tenths of a second ahead of Artist. That accounted for 18 of Guthrie's 19 points on the first day of the state meet, which concludes Saturday.
Though he had a comfortable lead, Cross never relaxed, because he wasn't sure how big his lead had gotten.
“I was just listening to voices and try to figure out how far back they might be when people start yelling at them,” Cross said. “I had no idea how big of a lead I had. I just knew I had to hang on.”
Cross and Ogan had wanted to finish on top at the cross country state meet last fall, but they had to settle for second and third, coming in behind Deer Creek's Taler Buck.
So Friday's success meant a little more as they reach the end of their high school careers.
“We wanted to do it in cross country, but we didn't get it,” Cross said. “But now we got it.”