The 20th ranked Navajo Lady Indians were anxious to see how they stacked up against some of the best small schools in the state at the Cameron Invitational II recently and they found themselves sitting comfortably in the top spot with a 22-point win over second place Healdton.
Reilly Avila led the way for the Lady Indians with a third-place finish in the two-mile run at the Big Green Soccer Complex in Lawton. Avila posted a time of 14:42, just 14 seconds from a first-place finish.
Tabitha Armstrong finished just three seconds ahead of Tristen Spivey from Bray-Doyle. Armstrong’s time of 15:44 was good enough for eighth place, putting two Lady Indians in the top 10.
Meanwhile, Lindy Lambert finished 12th with a time of 16:32, Kaitlyn Sollis finished 14th with a time of 16:38, Rocio Quihui finished 20th with a time of 16:54, Emmy Cobb finished 24th with a time of 17:07, Cambrie Thornton finished 31st with a time of 17:54, Angela Nichols finished 36th with a time of 18:12, Gracee Bates finished 40th with a time of 18:19 and Kalee Cross finished 41st with a time of 18:21.
Meanwhile, the 11th-ranked men’s team ran to a fifth-place finish in the 5K run against schools like Duncan, Lawton MacArthur, and Altus, narrowly missing a third-place finish by eight points.
The top five runners for the Indians produced a season-best 19:54 average with David Gilstad leading the team in 23rd with a time of 19:37.
Holdyn Mandrell finished 28th with a time of 19:37, Airen Josefy finished 32nd with a time of 19:57, Luke Muller finished 37th with a time of 20:12 and Lincoln Muller finished 44th with a time of 20:28.
Other runners were Chris Becker in 49th, Justin Stevens in 54th, Lane Allen in 55th and Dallas Cox in 66th.
The junior high school Lady Indians were led to a seventh-place finish in the one-mile run by Trinity Rohrer who finished sixth overall with a time of 6:36.
The junior high school Indians were led to an impressive fourth-place finish by Tucker Lambert who finished fourth overall with a time of 5:53.
Coming into the final meet of the year before the regional competition, the Navajo teams wanted to do well to prepare them for the tough team they must face.
They did not disappoint.
Tabitha Armstrong led the Lady Indians to a second-place finish in the 3200-meter run with a third-place overall finish and a time of 15:39.
Reilly Avila added a sixth-place finish with a time of 17:15, while Gracee Bates was 14th with a time of 18:16, Cambrie Thornton was 15th with a time of 18:18, Rocio Quihui was 16th with a time of 18:21, Emmy Cobb was 18th with a time of 18:46, Angela Nichols was 20th with a time of 19:10, Kalee Cross was 22nd with a time of 19:20, Kaitlyn Sollis was 23rd with a time of 19:31 and Lindy Lambert was 26th with a time of 21:27.
The men’s team took sixth place and were led by David Gilstad in 16th in the 5K run with a time of 21:04. Holdyn Mandrell finished just one second behind him in 17th with a time of 21:05.
Airen Josefy was 32nd, Lincoln Muller was 36th, Luke Muller was 46th, Lane Allen was 49th, Chris Becker was 51st and Dallas Cox was 53rd.
The Navajo Junior High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams will finish their season Oct. 20 at the Oklahoma City All-Star Meet, while the high school teams head to Velma-Alma to compete in the regional meet. The top seven teams at regionals will move on to the state championship meet in Shawnee.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.