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.