Led by the efforts of Lucian Duchaine, the Oxford boys cross country team claimed first place at the Region 1-5A championships, while the Lady Chargers took home silver thanks to a standout performance from Callie Mayo.
Nine schools fielded teams for the Class 1A/2A/5A event.
In the boys’ 3.1-mile race, Duchaine topped the field almost from the start with a time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds. Other Chargers to finish were: Austin Carter (17:36; fourth), Mitch Hallam (17:39; fifth), Tristan Orman (17:44; ninth), Austin Super (17:55;11th) and John David Hankins (18:18; 14th).
All seven Chargers made All-Region.
The surprise of the day was eighth-grader Sage Mullins, who was a last-minute addition to the roster and turned in a time of 18:36 for 18th place.
Mayo also led the event from the early stages of the girls 2.5-mile race and finished first with the time of 16:07.
Other Lady Chargers making All-Region were: Emily Hankins (16:38; third), Audrey Dayan (17:04; fifth) and Kat Lovelace (17:32; ninth).
Also scoring for Oxford were: Mary Katherine Pearson (18:32; 15th), Katelyn Wiggington (18:25; 17th) and Kate Anderson (18:41; 18th).
“Both squads are as ready as Coach (Chris) Bush and I can make them and we’re very, very impressed with our team’s efforts,” Oxford head coach Scott Kendricks said. “Their training has been much harder than previous years, but this group has adapted and the results are really improving over the past two years. Everyone is excited about the state-meet trip next weekend.”
Oxford’s boys are currently ranked fourth in the state out of 82 boys teams in the poll. The Lady Chargers are ranked 11th state-wide. The Girls’ 5A State Meet will begin at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Mississippi College Cross Country Course in Clinton. The Chargers will race at 1:30. (October 31, 2011, Page 3B)