(Photo by Charles Brown)
Saturday, September 26 found the Marietta Indians and Lady Indians at Edmond’s Sante Fe High School to compete in a pre-state cross country meet.
In the girls’ meet, the Lady Indians finished third as a team behind Regent Preparatory Academy with 31 points and a total team time of 1:04:58 and Chandler High School with 115 points and a total team time of 1:10:41. The Lady Indians accumulated 130 points with a total team time of 1:11:47.
In the 3200 meter race, Madison Lemons was the highest placing Lady Indian in ninth place in 13:22.85. In 21st place was Vanessa Rodriguez in 14:09.29, followed closely in 25th place by Isabella Salas Garcia with a time of 14:18.40. Sophie Love and Jayleigh Blevins ran in 35th and 40th places, respectively, with times of 14:51.55 and 15:05.00. Close together in 52nd and 54th places were Tanasia Randle in 15:41.80 and Rosie Castellanos in 15:46.55. Abby Alvarez was 73rd in 16:53.56 and Kora Humble in 76th in 17:10.82. Rachel Langley finished in 96th place in 20:11.80.
“It was a very tough meet,” said Coach Ron Love, “and we didn’t compete well as a team. We finished in third, but I feel if we can run well as a team we can finish higher at state.”
Love believes that Saturday’s winner Regent Prep is the girls’ team to beat at state.
The Indians finished the 5k race in fourth place behind Keifer, Regent Prep and Rejoice Christian Schools. Keifer accumulated 40 points in a total time of 1:30:44. Regent Prep had 110 points and Rejoice Christian had 111. The two teams were separated by less than a minute in total time, with Regent running the race in 1:37:50 and Rejoice in 1:38:21. The Indians had 127 points and recorded a total team time of 1:39:38.
Wyatt Vinson was the best finisher for the Indians in sixth place with a time of 17:47.04. Austen McQueen and Will Laws came in 19th and 22nd in 19:36.47 and 19:40.96, respectively.
Preston Eastmon finished the race in 36th place in 20:59.90 and Charles Jones was 44th with a time of 21:19.39.
“The boys ran a pretty good race, but I think we can improve on that,” said Love.
The Indians’ cross country schedule has changed due to COVID. Saturday, they will run at Community Christian in Norman.