Miranda Dent successfully defended her individual regional champion title, and the Shawnee Lady Wolves took the top team spot at a Class 5A regional cross country run Saturday.


Miranda Dent successfully defended her individual regional champion title, and the Shawnee Lady Wolves took the top team spot at a Class 5A regional cross country run Saturday.

With 25 team points this time, its the Lady Wolves’ second-ever regional championship in the program’s history. The next stop for Shawnee’s runners is an appearance in the Class 5A state meet next week.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the girls’ results today,” SHS head coach Mark Heard said. “They all ran very well and were able to check another goal off our list — regional champions. Miranda Dent led from start to finish and defended her individual regional champion title from last season.”

Dent’s time Saturday in the 90-person field was 12:16. Shawnee had four other runners place in the top 10 — Tate Mocabee (12:40) at third; McKayla Crawford (12:49) at fourth; Avery Kosemund (13:06) at eighth; and Katelynn Downs (13:06) at ninth.

“Miranda is running great right now and has led her team by example all season long,” Heard said. “The girls have worked very hard and are in a position to finish with a state title next week.”

Shawnee’s Lynsey West came in 14th Saturday with a time of 13:20, and teammate Daylan Storie was 22nd at 13:44.

In the team standings, Shawnee was 32 points ahead of runner-up Deer Creek. Carl Albert was third at 102; Piedmont was fourth at 113; and Altus was fifth at 128.

There were 11 teams in the field.

Shawnee’s boys also earned a state meet berth with a sixth-place score of 168. Tyler Day was the Wolves’ top individual runner with a 22nd-place time of 18 minutes.

Shawnee’s Joseph Lonelodge was 29th at 18:16, and Josh Waite was 44th at 19:06. Also competing for Shawnee were Josh Kalies (46th, 19:17), Tyler Lonelodge (51st, 19:27) and Jason Gibson (89th, 21:28).

There were 97 individuals and 11 teams in the boys’ race. Deer Creek took the title with 22 points, and Guymon was runner-up at 86. Duncan (107) was third, Piedmont (148) was fourth and Carl Albert (161) was fifth.

“The boys qualified for the state meet and are hoping for a top 10 finish,” Heard said. “The guys are inexperienced at the state meet level and will need to run with intensity and determination this week. I think these boys are capable of finishing the season well and am excited to see what they bring to the line.”

The 2011 Class 5A state cross country meet will be held Oct. 29 at Mitch Park in Edmond. The girls’ race will begin at 10 a.m., and the boys’ race will begin at 10:45 a.m.