Several area long distance runners turned in dominant performances at the Cameron Meet on Friday.
It doesn’t take much concentrated thought to figure out why Altus and Navajo are producing runners finishing their races ahead of most other schools. Perhaps it is due to our wide open spaces. Runners can head in any direction and it will be across some country. It’s no wonder that these local kids are crossing the finish line ahead of big city kids. The sport is not called “cross metro” or “cross city streets”.
These area runners take the headlines today. When the cross country results are reported, I try to pass the results directly on to you. I will certainly do that again today. However, I think it is necessary to make sure we take notice of a couple of dominant performances that deserve some extra attention.
For the first time in the history of the Altus Junior High, the girls stake claim to an undefeated season.
The really exciting aspect of this group is that their times are getting tighter and tighter each week. This Cameron Meet on Friday finished their season with a perfect 5-0 record. The top 10 runners at the Cameron Meet earned medals. Beth Garrison turned in a one mile time of 6.04 to finish second. Sarah Scott was fourth with a time of 6.09. Cayden Beckner took fifth at 6.11. Riley Borego and Grayce Gilliam finished seventh and eighth with times of 6.19 and 6.24 respectively.
In case you missed that, only two-tenths of a second separates these five junior high girls. This group is going to do some really fantastic things going forward. I am sure it fills Altus supporters with extra pride to look at these meets and see a whole group of blue uniforms running together.
Great job girls! GO LADY DAWGS. Moses McCaskill and Calvin Wagoner finished fourth and fifth respectively to medal for the Altus Junior High boys team. The boys took fourth place as a team.
The Altus High School boys team finished second behind Duncan. Alan Ortiz wins the Cameron Meet to claim yet another top finish. I believe this is Alan’s fifth consecutive win this season. Ryan Oden and Josh Baker also won medals for the boys team finishing fifth and seventh respectively.
The Altus High School Lady Bulldogs took the first place trophy with two girls taking home medals. Grace Hernke finished third and Olga Lopez was fifth.
Everyone is encouraged to support these Altus High School cross country teams at their home meet today at 4:30 p.m. at the soccer fields north of town on North Park Lane.
GO BULLDOGS !!
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076