Shawnee cross country coach Mark Heard looked at both the past and the future Saturday after his girls’ squad came in third at the Class 5A state meet at Mitch Park.


Shawnee cross country coach Mark Heard looked at both the past and the future Saturday after his girls’ squad came in third at the Class 5A state meet at Mitch Park.
The Lady Wolves finished with 71 points. Coweta, which finished with 54 points, successfully defended its team championship. Collinsville came in as the runner-up for the second straight year by compiling 60 points.
Shawnee improved by two spots over its 2010 performance when it came in fifth.
“The girls averaged 32 seconds faster than 2010 state,” Heard said.
Miranda Dent of Shawnee came in third in the race for the individual title with a time of 12:12 in the 108-entrant field. The average girls’ time Saturdy was 12:50.
“Miranda Dent finished a great career with a third-place finish and her second All-State patch,” Heard said. “She has been invited to run in the cross country meet of champions next Saturday in Stillwater.”
Other top-20 finishers for the Lady Wolves were Tate Mocabee, 13th, 12:50; McKayla Crawford, 15th, 12:53; and Katelynn Downs, 16th, 12:56. Other Shawnee finishers were Avery Kosemund, 29th, 13:23; Lynsey West, 32nd, 13:28; and Daylan Storie, 37h, 13:33.
“I am super proud of our kids,” Heard said. “They had a great season and finished better than we did last year. I’m looking forward to next season and another run at the title.”
Deer Creek and Tahlequah came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the team race.
Shawnee advanced to the state meet by winning a regional championship.
Dent is the only senior on the girls’ side.
On the boys side, Shawnee came in 13th Saturday in a 14-team field.
Deer Creek easily took the team title with 37 points, followed by runner-up Guthrie with 81 points and third-place Tahlequah with 103 points.
Tyler Day was Shawnee’s top finisher, coming in 69th with a time of 18:39. Other Shawnee entrants and their times were Joseph Lonelodge, 71st, 18:42; Josh Kalies, 73rd, 18:49; Josh Waite, 79th, 18:56; Tyler Lonelodge, 82nd, 19:06; and Jason Gibson, 108th, 21:30.
“The boys were 19 seconds better this year and will make big gains next year with everyone returning,” Heard said.
There are no seniors on the boys’s squad.
Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.