Shawnee’s girls took second place Saturday at the season-opening Cottonwood Flats Invitational.
Heritage Hall took the championship with 40 points, followed by runner-up Shawnee with 73 points in the nine-team field.
Junior Tate Mocabee had Shawnee’s best individual finish, fifth, with a time of 12:22 on the 3,200-meter course. Katelynn Downs had an eighth-place time of 12:31.
Other top-20 finishes for Shawnee were Sadie Cullison, 14th (12:49) and Lynsey West, 15th (12:51)..
Daylan Storie was 32nd (13:30), Blair Johnson was 34th (13:38) and Hannah Brooks was 38th (13.47).
Maddie Rutherford and Paige Hughes were 1-2 in the JV competition among 83 participants.
“The girls ran well and are showing they have the talent to be one of the top teams in 5A again this season,” SHS coach Mark Heard said. “Mocabee’s intensity and desire to win is unparalleled. Tate is one of the best runners in Oklahoma and has a great opportunity to make All-State this season. Senior Katelynn Downs had what was probably her best race ever with a personal-record 12:31 and gives us some real firepower. “
Shawnee’s varsity boys were fourth in a nine-team field with 116 points. Deer Creek ran away with the title with 18 points.
Tyler Day of Shawnee came in eighth with a time of 17:29. Josh Kalies was 16th (18:14).
Other Shawnee finishers were Josh Waite, 28th (18:48); Joseph Lonelodge, 31st (19:05); Clayton Stafford, 33rd (19:10) and Tyler Lonelodge, 39th (19:25).
“The boys team is much improved and looking to expand on their state meet performance from last year,” Heard said. “Junior Tyler Day had a career-best time in his first meet and looks to be a contender for top honors this season. Sophomore Josh Kalies ran a strong race and will be in the 17-minute 5K times real soon.”
Shawnee’s next meet will be Friday at Carl Albert.
Note: Report compiled by Fred Fehr.