Altus High School and Altus Junior High cross-country runners traveled to Duncan on Saturday looking to continue their run of success this season.
The AHS women were faced with the challenge of taking on one of the top teams in Class 5A competition when they lined up against runners from the Elgin Lady Owls team. Although they were unable to overtake their toughest competition of the season thus far, they showed they can certainly compete with them.
The Lady Owls outpaced all other runners, earning the top six places with a total time of 1:44:06. The Durant Lady Lions earned a second-place finish with scorers in the eight, 10, 12, 14, and 15 spots and a total time of 1:54:47.
The Lady Bulldogs came in third on the hilly 5K course with a total time of 2:00:11 with Beth Garrison leading the way in seventh place with a time of 21:42 and Francis Tapia following her in 13th place with a time of 23:37.
Following up Garrison and Tapia were scorers Chauncey Beckner in 24th with a time of 24:41, Gracie Hernke in 25th with a time of 24:50 and Itzel Flores in 27th with a time of 25:19. Olga Lopez finished 34th and Hadley David finished 35th in the 60-runner field.
The Altus men took fifth place behind first-place Plainview High School, second-place Duncan High School, third-place Dickson High School and fourth-place Durant High School.
Ryan Oden had another strong showing for the Bulldogs with a seventh-place overall finish and a time of 18:10. Josh Baker finished 28th with a time of 19:46, Adrian Aviles was 31st with a time of 19:53, Calvin Wagoner was 52nd with a time of 20:45 and Alan Palestino was 53rd with a time of 20:46 to round out Altus’ scorers in the 82-runner field.
The AJH girls came into their first meet hoping to continue their success from last season and did not disappoint, looking strong with a second-place team finish.
Cayden Beckner led the way for the Lady Dawgs in the 2400 course with a time of 9:24, beating out Plainview’s Katie Wiggs by 15 seconds to take the championship.
Rylee Borrego finished in fifth place with a time of 9:57 and Sarah Scott finished in seventh place with a time of 10:02. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Dawgs was Aprhil Palestino in 39th and Anna Merritt in 62nd.
The Lady Dawgs also had Grayce Gilliam in 68th, Julianna Flores in 72nd, Angel Willoughby in 94th and Patricia Garret in 104th in the 120-girl field.
The AJH boys were led by Aiden Kille in 25th place. Spencer Hyde finished 54th, Cameron Gonzalez finished 65th, Matt Furfey finished 81st, Tristan Gregg finished 82nd, Ben Lifer finished 91st and Robert Brown finished 99th in the 110-runner field, which was good enough to earn the Dawgs a ninth-place team finish with Southmoore taking first.
The runners will be back in action Friday at Elgin.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.