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Oklahoma high school cross country: Piedmont boys win Field Run Festival, girls place third

The Piedmont cross country program opened its season with a statement. 

The Class 5A Wildcats’ boys team won the Field Run Festival at Deer Creek on Saturday, and the girls placed third. 

The boys beat Mustang by one point and two-time defending Class 6A state champion Deer Creek by nine points. 

Senior Beckam Hartis led Piedmont with a fourth-place finish and broke a school record, completing the 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, 6.49 seconds. 

Mustang senior Gabe Simonsen, who has claimed two consecutive Class 6A state titles, narrowly won with a time of 15:23.34. Deer Creek junior AJ Antonelli placed second (15:24.75), and Tulsa Union junior Shawn Rutledge was third (16:02.11). 

On the girls side, defending Class 6A state champion Jenks cruised to a convincing victory and had five runners place in the top seven. Tulsa Kelley, which has won three straight Class 5A state championships, beat Piedmont in a tiebreaker to place second. 

Deer Creek sophomore Tabitha Fox was the top female runner from the metro area and helped the Antlers finish fourth. She completed the race in 19:41.39 to place third. 

Fox won the Class 3A state title last season while running for Jones. She was The Oklahoman’s All-City Runner of the Year

Click here to view the Field Run Festival results.  

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Piedmont senior Beckam Hartis placed fourth at the Field Run Festival at Deer Creek on Saturday. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Piedmont senior Beckam Hartis placed fourth at the Field Run Festival at Deer Creek on Saturday. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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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 ›

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