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Oklahoma high school cross country: Piedmont’s Beckham Hartis having impressive senior season

Everything is coming together in Beckam Hartis’ senior cross country season.

Injuries and other setbacks prevented the Piedmont standout from reaching his full potential in previous years.

But this season, Hartis is completely healthy and has been one of the state’s top runners.

He will be one of the main draws Friday at Carl Albert’s invitational, the biggest regular-season meet in the metro this year.

“He’s noticeably better than he was last year,” Piedmont coach Kelly Beck said. “A little bigger, a little stronger. Healthier this year than he has been the last couple of years.”

Hartis placed fourth and broke a school record at Deer Creek’s Field Run Festival on Aug. 22, completing the 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, 6.49 seconds. Last weekend, he placed third at the Mustang Harrier Invitational with a time of 16:30.75. 

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Piedmont senior Beckam Hartis placed third last weekend at the Mustang Harrier Invitational. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Piedmont senior Beckam Hartis placed third last weekend at the Mustang Harrier Invitational. [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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