Girls cross country sets sights on regional

Girls cross country sets sights on regional

The road to repeat is here for the Jenks girls cross country team.

The defending Class 6A state champions brought everyone back from last year’s varsity squad, which won the 2019 title, but 2020 has been far from ideal for the girls.

On top of battling the pressure of repeating as state champions, the cross-country girls, like everyone else, has had to battle COVID-19 throughout the season.

Midway through the regular season, due to contact tracing, the entire girls cross country varsity squad had to quarantine for two weeks.

During those two weeks, the girls were not allowed to train, so coming back from that experience has been difficult.

Last week, Jenks competed Oct. 13 at the Frontier Valley Conference meet at Mohawk Park. The Lady Trojans won the event, but coach Rachael Graddy said it was not her team’s best effort.

“I feel like there is a lot of factors, a lot of it was coming back from quarantine, so it has been crazy and I was just happy to be able to fill our varsity girls squad back up,” Graddy said. “It wasn’t our best race. We definitely have some spots we need to work on and hopefully our legs will start to feel a little better.”

Jenks will travel to Sand Springs Saturday for the 6A East Regional meet, which will begin for the girls at 10 a.m. and the boys at 10:45 a.m. at Case Community Park.

Graddy said the team will prepare for the regional like they always do for any other regular season meet.

“It is just another race for us,” Graddy said. “We don’t want them to put too much pressure on it and get stressed out, so we are just going to do our work and prepare like we always do. We need to stay focused one step ahead of you. Our job right now is qualifying for the state meet. Our goal this weekend is to win the regional meet, which will set us up for a good spot on the state line.”

The 6A State Cross Country Championships are at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Kyle Salomon

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