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Oklahoma high school cross country: Season outlook and 5 runners to watch

Mustang senior Gabe Simonsen has won two straight Class 6A state titles. [KT King/For The Oklahoman]
Mustang senior Gabe Simonsen has won two straight Class 6A state titles. [KT King/For The Oklahoman]

The Oklahoma high school cross country season is underway.

The first events of the year were held last weekend. Norman hosted the Tiger Relays, and other meets also took place throughout the state.

The rest of the season will proceed with precautions.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association allows individual school districts to make their own decisions for meets and some will include fewer teams than usual.

On Saturday, Deer Creek will host some of the state’s best programs in Classes 6A-5A. Broken Arrow, Jenks, Mustang, Piedmont, Tulsa Kelley and Tulsa Union are among the 16 schools that will compete.

“It will be a good one,” Deer Creek coach David Riden said. “Maybe the best one in the season.”

Other notable events this season include a night meet at Mustang on Aug. 29 and Carl Albert’s invitational on Sept. 4.

Regionals are set for Oct. 24. The state meets for Classes 6A-2A will all be held on Oct. 31 at Edmond Santa Fe.

Here are five local runners to watch this year:


Riley Randall, So., Meeker: Placed second at the Stroud Invitational last weekend and ninth at the 2019 Class 3A state meet.

Gabe Simonsen, Sr., Mustang: Has won two consecutive Class 6A state titles and was The Oklahoman’s 2018 All-City Runner of the Year.


Cayden Brickman, Jr., Stillwater: Placed eighth last year at the Class 6A state meet, completing the 5-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 28 seconds. 

Tabitha Fox, So., Deer Creek: The Oklahoman’s 2019 All-City Runner of the Year won the Class 3A state title with Jones. Now a member of one of the state’s top cross country programs, Fox will look to have another big season.

Avery Stanley, Jr., Yukon: Placed 10th at last year’s Class 6A state meet with a time of 19:31.

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›