Class 2A cross country: Collen McLain leads Mooreland to victory at state meet
SHAWNEE – Collen McLain waved to the crowd and had a big smile on his face as he crossed the finish line at the Class 2A cross country state meet.
McLain, a senior at Mooreland, had plenty of things to be happy about.
McLain took first place Saturday at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Mooreland, which is roughly 10 miles east of Woodward, won the team title.
McLain finished the 5K race in 16 minutes, 27 seconds. His time was 55 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Levi Jones of Wright City.
It was McLain’s first victory at the state meet, which was dominated by teams from the western part of the state. McLain credits a simple training program for his success.
“A lot of running through dirt roads,” McLain said. “There’s not a lot of scenery. Just running on the dirt roads and mooing at cows.”
In the Class 2A girls race, Zoee Weaver of Beaver took first place. Watonga beat Hooker by one point for the team title.