The boys squads from Ada and Byng finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the state cross-country meets in Classes 5A and 4A Saturday at Mitch Park.
Ada’s Collin Earle posted the best finish of any local runner, checking in 19th in the 5A race in 17:41. Teammate Matt Smith was 36th in 18:13 and Steven Davidson also cracked the top 40, finishing 38th in 18:13, but Zach Garcia was next in the Cougar running order at 90th (in 20:02). Ryan Bond (103rd in 21:21), Mason Dillard (107th) in 21:56, and Cesar Gonzalez (109th in 22:08) completed the lineup for Ada, which finished with 253 points
“I guess it just wasn’t our day,” Ada coach Drake Daniels said. “I figured everybody would run a little faster. The times looked alright, but the places really killed us.
“It was a good year, though,” he added. “At least we made it up there.”
Guthrie edged favored Deer Creek (which had a runner fall near the finish), 53-57, to capture the team title, with Bishop Kelley (81), Bishop McGuinness (83) and Tahlequah (131) rounding out the top five in the 5A boys race.
Ada’s girls squads didn’t qualify for the state meet, but two members of that team — Maci Huffman and Claire Pottebaum — competed as individuals Saturday. Huffman wound up 59th in a time of 14:11, and Pottebaum’s 14:54 clocking placed her 83rd.
Coweta slipped past Collinsville, 77-75, to win the 5A girls title, with Bishop McGuinness (90) and Deer Creek (93) finishing third and fourth.
Byng's young boys squad ran into some tough luck and couldn’t build on a sixth-place finish at its regional. The Pirates lost one of their top runners, Jerald McDonald, to leg cramps, and only team No. 1 Chase Sorrels (35th in 18:35 after finishing fifth at the regional meet) cracked the top 40 for the Pirates. Colton Orphan was 52nd in 18:55, Dalton Walker wound up 61st in 19:20, and Caleb McGaha was 75th in 19:47. Dakota Roberson (93rd in 20:30) and Reno Ramirez (109th in 24:10) completed the Byng running order.
“We just had some bad luck with Jerald getting cramps,” veteran Byng coach Clint McGaha said. “That’s first time anything like that has happened to us, it’s just bad luck that it happened today.
“We weren’t too far off our normal times,” he said. “We would have liked to have run a little bit better, but we went up there and gave it our best shot. Just making it to state this year was a good accomplishment for this team. We’ll have almost everybody back and hopefully we can improve next year.”
Favorite Metro Christian cruised to the 4A boys title with a score of 58, easily out-distancing runner-up Weatherford (87) and third-place Elgin (152). Santa Fe South (1645) and Cleveland (181) completed the top five.