While the weather might be cooling off, the same can’t be said for area cross country runners.

While the weather might be cooling off, the same can’t be said for area cross country runners.

This past weekend runners representing Plainview, Marietta, and Madill all competed in the Meet of Champions from Norman with each running posting a solid time.

However this weekend, a trio of Plainview Lady Indians, along with a Madill Wildcat will look to tame the competition from Arkansas as they travel to Rogers, Arkansas for the Oklahoma/Arkansas dual race this Saturday.

Representing the Lady Indians will be Emily Butler, Madi Turner, and Jacey Keith, while Madill will be represented by Miguel Duran.

“We’ve worked hard as a team and gotten a lot better,” Butler said. “It’s a dream come true becoming state champions. It’s really fun to see where you compare against other teams from another state, and it’s just a fun experience.”

At the Meet of Champions, Keith finished in 20th overall with a time of 20:59.15, with Butler in 30th overall at 21:23.57, while Turner was 32nd overall at 21:30.15.

“It’s super exciting to be able to compete against other people,” Turner said. “We’ve definitely become closer as a team over these last few months. It’s great for me getting to share this with two of my closest friends.”

“This is more mental for me this weekend,” Turner said. “We’re going to be going a long way just to compete and we don’t know the course either so we need to be ready.”

Keith added she’s excited for the competition despite not know anything about the teams or runners from Arkansas.

“The Arkansas runners are used to running longer courses and practicing on those,” she said. “This whole experience has been exciting but nerve-racking at the same time. You just have to be ready for anything anytime you step onto the course.”

Marietta’s Mandy Sykora finished second overall at the Meet of Champions with a time of 19:14.61, while her teammate Kaelyn Dobbins claimed 14th overall with a time of 20:11.36.

Also representing Marietta was Zane Nutter, who finished in 14th overall with a time of 16:45.98.

Miguel Duran claimed 22nd overall for Madill with a time of 17:04.49.