SHAWNEE — In order to become a successful program, a foundation must first be set in motion.

SHAWNEE — In order to become a successful program, a foundation must first be set in motion.

Saturday afternoon, the Madill cross country teams set forth what they hope will become a long and prosperous trend.

Both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats managed to each claim fifth overall in the Class 4A team standings at the state cross country championships, which were held at Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee. 

The results left Madill coach Kale Eidson hopeful for a very bright future with both squads.

“Overall we had a great day,” he said. “We haven’t had a boys team qualify for state in at least six years so to have them place in the top-five is huge for them and a great accomplishment. Our girls improved from an eighth place finish last year to earn fifth, so it was a good day for us.”

“A lot of this process is believing what you are capable of doing,” Eidson added. “We’re not losing very many kids on either squad, so next season I’m hoping our kids use this and are able to really show everyone what they can do.”

The Lady Wildcats finished with 200 points, just ahead of sixth placed Pauls Valley with 212.

Bethany finished in seventh overall, with Lincoln Christian in eighth, Vinita in ninth, and Byng rounding out the top-10 girls teams in Class 4A.

Fatima Duenez was the top finisher for the Lady Wildcats in 35th overall, with a time of 13:28.36, followed by junior teammate Daisy Rosas with a time of 13:38.62.

Another junior who ran a solid meet was Jasmine Story, who clocked in at 13:48.48, with senior Daniela Hernandez finishing at 13:52.65.

Freshman Valeria Calderon clocked in at 13:56.92, with fellow freshman Cielo Gomez at 14:26.75.

Yesenia Silva ran a 14:34.75 to round out the finishers for the Lady Wildcats. 

As for the Wildcats, they finished with a team point total of 169, ahead of sixth placed Metro Christian, who totaled 189.

Lincoln Christian won the overall title with 44 points, with Bethany in second, and Seminole in third.

Madill also beat out schools such as Newcastle, Harrah, Cascia Hall, Miami, Tuttle, and Bridge Creek in the 4A boys standings.

Freshman Miguel Duran was the top placer for Madill in ninth overall with a time of 17:14.85, followed by sophomore Julio Gallo in 21st overall with a time of 17:58.10.

Diego Ibarra clocked in at 18:34.86, with Keon Christie finishing at 18:52.84.

Hunter Inslee ran a time of 19:09.22, while Abel Ortega clocked in at 19:18.74, and Brodie Tull finished with a time of 20:32.49. 

Both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will be returning multiple runners for next season in Class 4A.