Oxford’s girls and boys cross country teams have performed well all season long in various meets held in Mississippi and the Mid-South area. Saturday the two teams competed in the Jesse Owens Cross Country Invitational, a nationally respected meet that features most of the best teams in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and other states.
The Lady Chargers placed 5th out of 36 schools in the 5A-6A Silver Division, while Chargers placed seventh out of 45 schools and defeated the Pearl Pirates for the first time in a decade, an accomplishment OHS coach Scott Kendricks was very proud of.
“Pearl just edged our girls for 4th, but our boys placed well ahead of Pearl in the boys’ race.” Kendricks said. “We finished ahead of 38 other schools in the event, but edging Pearl is a motivating result for us.”
Junior Callie Mayo led the Lady Chargers by finishing fifth out of 252 runners that competed in the 5K. Mayo finished with a time of 19 minutes, 50 seconds. Emily Hankins was second for OHS and 22nd overall with a 20:29. Audrey Dayan was 31st with a 20:58, Kat Lovelace was 68th with a 22:03, Katelyn Wiggington was 79th with a 22:18, Amaia Perea was 107 with a 22:54, while Sally Rychlak was 190th with a 24:42. Mary Katherine Pearson ran a 22:59 in the Red Division with Mary Sybil Byars finishing with a time of 23:59 and Heidi Davidson with a 24:39.
The Chargers were led once again by senior Lucian Duchaine who was 13th out of a field of 315 varsity runners with a 16:49.
Freshman Tristan Orman was 48th with a 17:35, Austin Super was 51st (17:38), Austin Carter was 67th (17:53), Harrison Dickens was 70th with an 18:00, JD Hankins was 123 with a 18:30, while Baxter Elliot was 142nd with a time of 18:41.
Another group that ran well for the Chargers was the B-team group of Mitch Hallam, who finished with an 18:06, Kendall Jenkins (18:07), Andrew Spraggins (18:30), Sam Sharp (18:35) and Justin Woods (18:57). The Chargers placed fourth out of 33 B-teams in the Red Division.
“Our boys squad is deep this year and that competition in practice will only make us better. We know that 5A will be the toughest division this year at the state meet with Starkville, Pearl, Oxford, Saltillo and some strong schools from the coast all in the mix,” Kendricks said. “We are training hard to meet that challenge and to keep Oxford in that elite group of Mississippi schools. Oxford’s girls and boys are currently ranked in the top 10 in the state, with both in ninth position.”
Oxford will run both varsity and JV squads at Corinth on the 14th. (October 3, 2011, Page 5B)