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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Marietta clinches cross country state berth

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  • The Marietta girls cross country team is headed to the state meet on Saturday after winning the Velma-Alma Regional on Saturday with a team score of 32.
    Marlow was just behind with 44, and third-place Lindsay was further back with 110.
    Jaime Alexander won the individual title, running a 12:35.56 with a full 11-second lead on the next runner from Kingston, Grayee Werth (12:46.56).
    Marlow's Rylee Rich finished third (12:59.25), and Abbie Winchester from Marietta was fourth (13:06.81).
    Marietta came one place short of putting the whole team in the top 20. Mallory Sykora finished sixth (13:22.40), Gracie Cain was 12th (13:55.37), Bailey Sykora was 13th (13:55.65), Victoria Vinson was 20th (14:23.62) and Angela Hargrave was 21st (14:25.06).
    Sulphur fell two places short of a trip to state as a team, tied for sixth with Coalgate at 168 points. But, Jasmine Rocha qualified as an individual with a seventh-place finish (13:33.38).
    Samantha Howg was 16th (14:12.31), Daisy Borders finished 38th (15:33.62), Brendlee Handy was 62nd (17:34.84) and Ivy Borders finished 76th (20:02.31).
    Tishomingo's girls finished 11th with 356 points. Micah Wakefield was the top finisher in 46th (16:03.44), Tea Elliot-Fox was 49th (16:08.52), Brittany Gilbert was 54th (16:33.56), Briana McDaniel was 73rd (19:16.72) and Kendra Hallmark was 75th (19:55.84).
    Boys contingent headed for state
    The Marietta boys finished fourth with 134 points, behind region winners Marlow (35), second place Riverside (51) and in third, Silo (63).
    Zac Neely was the top finisher for Marietta in sixth place (18:08).
    Jesus Fernandez finished 16th (18:58), Tre Balch was 26th (19:44), Coletyn Boyd was 38th (20:58) and Raul Valenzuel was 61st (24:01).
    The Lone Grove boys finished eighth with a score of 202, but Kendall Freeman qualified for state as an individual with a 14th place finish (18:34).
    Tre Trevino finished 48th (21:56), Ryan McComber was 53rd (22:29), Devon Gunter took 54th (22:32) and Bryce Newton finished 57th (22:43).
    Tishomingo will send Cameron Corbin to state as an individual after his fourth place finish (17:51). Ross Priddy also ran for Tishomingo, finishing 51st (22:12).
    Sulphur's boys will also be represented at state with Rico Williamson taking 15th (18:45). Jeremiah VanZant finished 39th (20:58) for Sulphur.
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