The Guthrie High School Boys Cross Country team opened their 2019 season by winning the Hennessey High School Turkey Creek Classic on Saturday August 24. The Bluejays placed their top five runners in the top 15 in winning the meet with 36 points out distancing Oklahoma Christian High School by ten points.
Trevor Sallee led the way with a second place finish with a time of 16:40 for the 5K race. Collen McLain of Mooreland High School finished first with a time of 15:55.
JD Coonfield (17:43) was fifth, Grant Mayer (17:54) was seventh, Mason Barney (18:01) was eighth and Loren Huskey (18:30) closed out the scoring in 14th place.
There was a field of 105 runners in the high school boys’ race that allowed 13 other Bluejays runners to enter the race. William Knell, Braden Hall, Carlos Rosales and Jaxon Harden all finished in the top 30 in the finish order. Malachi Warning, Ethan Long, Lance Sallee and Tyler Waggoner all finished in the top half of the finishers. Waylon Ball, Luke Dreesen, Cale Evans, Jake Carey and Brent Ingle also got to participate in the varsity event.
The Guthrie Junior High Boys’ Cross Country team also got their season off to a rousing start with a first place finish in Hennessey. There were 82 boys in the race that was 1.5 miles. Mason Mayer led the Junior ‘Jays with a second place finish in 9:04. Riley Wilkerson (sixth), Terry Beckett (10th), Lael Dressen (12th) and Noah French (13th) closed out the scoring for the ‘Jays as they finished with 35 points, which was well ahead of the Chisholm Junior High School score of 62 points. Levi Lowery finished in 15th place for Guthrie.
The other junior high school boys that finished the race included Eli Fortney, James Bickell, Britt Drake, Maddox Obrien, Jeremiah Waters, Gideon Hiel and Azriel Aquino.
In a rare event, Hennessey also hosted an elementary division and the Guthrie boys won that event with 21 points besting host school, Hennessey who scored 37 points. The mile long course saw Guthrie finish 1-3-4-6-7-9-11 with their top runners in the team score.
Garyson Schlabach (third), Reid Watson (fifth), Holden Ingram (seventh), Kallon Cyphers (ninth), Zach Allen (10th), Corbin Madison (12th) and Luke Lyons (17th) led the way for the elementary team. There were numerous at large entries and minimum team scoring in the meet.
Jayden Countess, Max Miller, Jacob Porter, Josiah Dement, Eli Yearout and Luke Kirkendall rounded out the Guthrie entries.
The Guthrie High School LadyJays finished in second place in their meet in Hennessey as Mercy Dement led the way with a second place finish and a time of 13:18 for the two-mile course. Sequoyah-Tahlequah blitzed the field with runners finishing 3-4-5-6-21 to edge out the LadyJays 39-52.
Tori Wells (13:45) finished in seventh place for the other top ten finish for Guthrie. Kaitlyn Leaty (14:31), Josie Throckmorton (14:37), Sierra Warner (14:41) wrapped up the scoring for the LadyJays.
There were 103 runners in the field and the LadyJays were well represented with another 11 runners. Leading the way were Aurelia Terry and Abigail Brown with top 30 finishes. Other Guthrie runners included Alessandra Isella, Sara Smith, Madelyn Bishop, Trinity LeGrande, Kevana Trekell, Caitlyn Pollard, Raley Hooper and Sue Meshew.
Mulhall-Orlando’s Abigail Richardson running unattached finished a very respectable ninth place in the race with a time of 14:08.
The Guthrie Junior High girls team also finish in second place getting edged out by Ponca City 52-56 in scoring. Hannah Smith (fourth), Destiny Vogel (ninth) and Kamryn Boller (10th) led the way for Guthrie. Raley Hooper (12th) was the fourth place finisher. Rylin Wells, Gracie Ball and Peyton Reed finished 21-22-23 for Guthrie.
Rain Porter, Evie Terry, Bethany Powell and Mollie Throckmorton wrapped up the LadyJays entries.
Guthrie travels to Duncan this week before hosting the Cottonwood Flats Invitational on September 7.