Last weekend brought a great start to the cross country season for several area runners. Several area teams participated in the Carl Albert Titan Cross Country Invitational.
In the girl's 2A-4A race, the Seminole team came in third, but it was McLoud senior Lelise Hands who won the individual race with a personal best time just one step from breaking the 13 minute mark. Her time was two seconds faster than her time at last year's state meet - where she placed in the top twenty.
But Hands wasn't the only outstanding runner from the area in the girl's race. Jamie Stafford from Seminole came in second - about 15 seconds behind Hands.Three more runners from Seminole rounded out the top twenty. Gabbi Howard, was 18th about two minutes off the winning pace, followed by Rebecca Choate and Annabelle Hallmark at 19th and 20th.
Bethel also raced at Carl Albert, taking 8th as a team. Cierra Stevenson was the top individual for the Lady Wildcats at 23rd. Bethel Freshman Millie Carlile came crossed the finish line at 29th, Cienna Works of Seminole took 30th and Bethel's Autumn Ingersoll came in at 35. Seminole's Alissa Stone was the only other area runner in the top 40. She placed 39th.
On the boys' side, Seminole took third as a team. Bethel and McLoud came in 9th and 10th respectively.
Chieftain senior Richard Bolt took 2nd overall, just seconds behind the winner from Little Axe. Seminole sophomores Daquery Sewell and Tanner Hoskinson finished at 11th and 14th and Chieftain junior Andy Choate was 16th. Seminole freshman Riley Khalil was 22nd helping keep the Chieftains near the top of the team standings.
McLoud seniors Ryon Dalrymple and Pierre Garcia came in at 24th and 28th finishing just ahead of another Seminole freshman - Carson Newton at 30th.
Bethel had a pack of runners in the next group with sophomore Kandon Mitchell at 31st, junior Colton Ingmire at 33rd and Sophomore John Clemmons at 34th. McLoud junior Caiden Owens placed 36th.
Tecumseh ran in a meet at Purcell August 30. Kayla Magruder was the only Lady Savage to place but she made the most of it by placing first. She won the race by 42 seconds over her nearest competitor.
In the boys' race, Tecumseh's Alex Dickenson took third place behind runners from Sulphur and Pauls Valley. John Cole crossed the line in 16th and Hayden McClure finished in 20th for the Savages. Tecumseh's Kyle Sander came in 25th.
Shawnee raced at the Field Race Classic in Deer Creek on Aug. 25. Only Clifford Littleton placed for the Wolves runners, coming in 12th in a field that included 5A-6A runners.