Girls cross country places third in state

Girls cross country places third in state

EDMOND – In Oklahoma, high school cross country teams are made up of seven runners per event. For the Jenks girls, they started out with seven runners Wednesday at the 6A State Cross Country Championships but finished with six and still finished in third place.

Deborah Mazzei was disqualified from the competition because the OSSAA officials in charge of the event said the Jenks runner impeded an Owasso runner from finishing the race.

The ruling was made and Mazzei was disqualified even though she would have given Jenks another top-10 placer in the state meet.

The Lady Trojans placed third behind Owasso and Norman North.

The top placer for Jenks was Deborah’s sister Avery Mazzei with a third-place finish and a time of 18:56.94. The Lady Trojans’ second-place finisher was Ryann Barber, who took ninth with a time of 19:28.11.

Both Mazzei and Barber earned All-State status with their state placings.

Next up for the Lady Trojans was Tarryn Lowry coming in 25th place with a time of 20:34.09. Emily Coffey placed 27th with a time of 20:37.99.

Shelby Kihega took 29th with a time of 20:39.66 and Gabrielle Vargus finished in 55th place with a time of 21:29.42.

Payton Hinkle of Broken Arrow won the individual race with a time of 18:23.64.

The Trojan boys had four qualify individually for the state meet.

Britton Garcia placed 90th with a time of 18:10.68. Ethan Lacey took 91st with a time of 18:12.68.

Tyler Mcdoulette finished 95th with a time of 18:21.11 and Carter Ford placed 105th with a time of 18:48.31.

The winner of the boys’ individual competition was Mustang’s Gabe Simonsen with a time of 15:31.79.

Mustang also won the boys’ team competition.

Kyle Salomon

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