NHS, North after solid finishes, noble girls make statement
September 26 – EDMOND – Norman High finished twice in the top 10 in the pre-state cross country competition at Edmond Santa on Saturday,
Norman North did one, but it was a top five girl from the Timberwolves.
In the Class 5A portion of the event, Noble also got her top five daughters, only the Bears following no one, winning the competition.
The NHS girls finished 10th, the NHS boys seventh. North girls fifth, North boys 14th and Noble boys 15th.
NHS coach Scott Monnard was enthusiastic about his daughters’ performance, saying “they executed the plan almost perfectly today”, while praising the top 10 individual performances of Phin Bonner (6th, 16: 26.01) and Michael Parker (10th, 16: 56.36).
“They trained incredibly well and you tend to see good runs when you train well,” he said.
Meanwhile, North coach Jonathan Koscinski must have liked the way his daughters finished, led by Knsiey Kite, who placed 10th among individuals in 19: 33.60.
Yet only one team from the Transcript area came forward as a candidate for the state title and that was Noble’s daughters.
Elgin’s Audrey McElhaney won the individual portion of the Class 5A event in 19: 52.43, although the Owls did not have a full squad. So, for counting purposes, the Noble daughters got three of the top 11 places, with Erika Pena coming in fourth in 20: 54.00; Leah Hickock sixth in 21: 11.91 and Kenzie Heeke 11th in 21: 53.42.
Noble won the match with a final score of 61, the sum total of his five fastest runners.
Santa Fe South was next at 99, followed by Carl Albert (147), Stilwell (157) and Piedmont (159).
Among the girls in Class 6A, everyone was chasing Moore, who finished with a score of 87, well ahead of Edmond North’s 120.
After Kite, the best result for the girls from the North went to Devin Jansing, who finished 28th in 21: 05.10. Steve Johnson was two places from 30th in 21: 08.95.
The best NHS girls result belonged to Emily Finocchiaro, who was 35t in 21: 17.80. Rose Crawford was 39th in 21: 21.45.
Cayden Dawson of Bixby won the individual crown in 17: 41.78.
Mustang (65) and Edmond Memorial (73) topped the boys in Class 6A, with Memorial’s Josh Cherry leading among individuals in 15,51,40.
Norman North was led by 13th place Jack Lindley in 17: 03.77.