Jenks girls dominate cross country regional

Jenks girls dominate cross country regional

SAND SPRINGS – Jenks girls cross country took its first step to repeating as 6A state champions Saturday with a first-place finish at the 6A East Regional at Case Community Park in Sand Springs.

There were 15 teams and 102 runners competing in the 5k race.

“We ran a great race today,” Jenks girls coach Rachael Graddy said. “I think we looked a lot more confident in this race. I saw some girls take some risks and I saw some girls fighting at the end, which is what we want. It was a great race, I think it is a positive change from last week (Frontier Valley Conference Meet), we were able to fix some things and I think we looked pretty good. I think this sets us up for a perfect way to go into state next weekend.”

Avery Mazzei was the top placer for the Lady Trojans with a third-place finish and a time of 18:39.90. Deborah Mazzei was right behind her older sister with a fourth-place finish and a time of 19:16.59. Ryann Barber was also in the top 10 with a sixth-place finish and a time of 19:36.08.

Emily Coffey and Tarryn Lowry finished in the top 15 with Coffey taking 14th with a time of 20:26.94 and Lowry placing 15th with a time of 20:28.35.

Gabrielle Vargus placed 27th with a time of 21:13.06 and Lidia Routh rounded out the seven Jenks runners with a 37th place finish and a time of 21:42.31.

The 6A State Championship Cross Country Meet will take place at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Kyle Salomon

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