The Davis cross country teams brought home medals from multiple events recently. They traveled to Lexington for the Canadian Valley Conference meet on Oct. 6 and then went to Waurika to run in the last meet of the regular season on Oct. 10.
At conference, Daityn Webb and Jaylee Jennings again earned medals, finishing 16th and 17th, respectively. The high school girls division saw 58 runners on the course.
In the junior high division, Nick Pruitt also brought home a medal, finishing 12th out of 50 runners in the boys race. Ava Parsons came in 16th among 68 total runners in the course for the junior high girls.
At Waurika the sledding was much tougher with 183 total runners in a massive high school girls field. The venue often is the host for the regional cross country meet, so many teams want to race there to get familiar with the course. Webb again paced the Lady Wolves, finishing 72nd, with Jennings coming in next at 100th. Cassity Stewart and Natalie Gregg also ran for Davis, finishing 175th and 181st, respectively.
In junior high, Pruitt ran 23rd out of 103 runners and Parsons was 33rd in a field of 118.
Indeed Waurika will be the site of the regional meet, which is scheduled for Saturday with Davis among the 23 teams that will compete in the 3A division. Joining Davis at the Waurika regional will be Antlers, Atoka, Bethel, Coalgate, Comanche, Dickson, Frederick, Harding Fine Arts, Hartshorne, Holdenville, Hugo, Idabel, Kingston, Lexington, Lindsay, Lone Grove, Marietta, Marlow, Purcell, Tishomingo, Valliant and Washington.
“It’s not a real challenging course over there at Waurika,” said head coach Dustin Hammons. “It’s probably the flattest course we run all season. The challenge for us will probably be the cold.”
After spending a season running after school and at late afternoon meets, the Lady Wolves high school team is set to run at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Instead of temperatures in the 70s or 80s as has been common throughout the season, Saturday morning could be in the 40s with a damp course from possible rain on Friday.
“Kids generally prefer cooler weather for running, but air that cold hurts your lungs when you’re not used to running in it,” Hammons admitted. “It will be by far the coldest meet of the year.”
The top seven finishing teams will qualify for state, along with the seven best individuals that aren’t on those teams. Win or lose, though, Hammons says this has been a great team to coach.
“These kids have been a lot of fun in practice, at the meets and on the trips,” he recalled. “Both the junior high and the high school kids have had the best attitude and work ethic all season long.”
If they can put together a great run Saturday morning, perhaps some of these Lady Wolves can stamp their ticket to the State meet.