The Oxford cross-country teams fared well at this weekend’s Pontotoc Invitational, finishing second out of 13 squads. Tristan Orman led the boys with a seventh-place finish with a time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds, while Emily Hankins paced the Lady Chargers with a 16:31 mark that was good enough for sixth.
Other Chargers to compete were: Pruitt Griffin (17:43; 11th), Kendall Jenkins (17:57; 15th), J.D. Hankins (18:42; 24th), David Dennis (18:45; 27th), Gavin Douglas (19:00; 32nd), Mathew Uleke (19:22; 44th), Quinn Elliott (20:01; 55th), Michael Scott (20:45; 72nd), Charles Pegues (22:59; 109th). Other Lady Chargers to compete were: Swayze Elliott (17:22; 13th), Gabrielle Joyce (18:12; 28th), Kate Anderson (20:03; 58th), Heidi Davidson (20:21; 64th).
“Both teams ran very well. I was very proud,” OHS coach Chris Patton said. “We have been working on a new race strategy in practice where we have a runner who sets the pace for the rest of the team and this allows for our runners to run together as a ’Wolfpack,’ as some of the guys on the team termed it. We had a lot of runners who set personal bests this past weekend so that is a boost to their confidence which will help them run better for the rest of the season. Kyle Rock won the junior varsity race of two miles this past weekend.
“He really has been training hard and I think he did exceptionally well for this to be his first cross country meet ever, I am very excited to see how the rest of his season turns out. The rest of the junior varsity team have been training for the past three weeks and they will finally be ready to compete this weekend at Saltillo.” (September 11, 2012, Page 9)