Ardmore cross country team medals 11 at Marlow

The Ardmoreite

The Ardmore cross country teams ran Tuesday on one of the shortest courses that it will run on all season.

But the Tigers, especially freshman Kaydan Johnson, sophomore Destini Sampson and junior Caitlin Bart, showed they possess the talent to be among the elite runners at any event they compete in.

Overall, Ardmore earned a total of 11 individual medals — six by the high school and five by the middle school.

Johnson, competing in her first-ever high school race, was the top finisher for the Lady Tigers at Marlow, placing third in the girls varsity 1-mile race in a time of 6 minutes, 23 seconds.

“She ran well today,” Ardmore assistant coach Brenda McHatton said. “She got out in the front and ran with the top girls. She’s a great kid. She works hard and never talks back to anybody. She is more of a two- or three-mile distance runner, but she did well. I’m curious to see what she can do in a normal 5K race.”

Sampson turned in the second-fastest time for the Lady Tigers, taking sixth in 6:37. Bart finished two spots behind Sampson in eighth, posting a time of 6:41. Yurisia Garcia earned the team’s fourth varsity medal. She was 28th in a time of 7:17. Medals were awarded to the top 30 individual finishers.

“Both Destini and Caitlin ran well,” McHatton said. “They were right up there. They were pretty close. Once they get in a few more miles in practice, they will see their hard work pay off.”

Freshman Destin Sampson, Destini’s younger brother, earned another medal to put up for display in the Sampson household. Destin placed 22nd in the boys varsity 2-mile race in a time of 12:50.

In the ninth-grade race, Tyra Johnson was ninth in 7:23, and Kelley Rivera placed 20th in 7:42.

Ardmore Middle School earned a total of five medals, three by the eighth-grade boys. Bryan Mendoza was seventh in 6:12, Carlos Corona placed 17th in 6:32, and Tamo Garcia placed 24th in 6:51. 

Leonardo Vanda ran in the boys seventh-grade race and took seventh in 6:37, while in the girls event, Maliyah Johnson placed fourth in 6:54.  

Team standings were not available at press time.