By Chuck Reherman
MIDWEST CITY – Another solid finish. That’s what Yukon’s Millerette cross country team set out to do and it’s what they accomplished.
Yukon ran to a third place finish in what was a much more challenging meet against a much larger field at the Carl Albert Invitational in Midwest City.
The Millerettes faced a field of 28 teams, including some of the top teams in class 5A and 6A. The Millerettes finished the meet with 149 points, finishing only behind overall winner Edmond Santa Fe (88 points) and second place Tulsa Bishop Kelley.
“We really tried to emphasize to them after the race to look at where they are starting this year compared to where they started last year,” Millerette head coach Rod Zimmerman said. “You can compare where you finished last year to now. And like I said almost everyone is starting faster to some degree. Finish places were good. That give us a chance to talk about how in some cases just a fraction of a second or a few seconds faster and make up those places.
“There are always some things to work on and improve and they will continue to get faster and in better shape as we go along,” he said. “For us just getting the season started with the way this year is, is something to celebrate and then the way they started is something to be happy about. And remember, this is a group that finished third in the COAC last year. I think they are capable of finishing in the top three at a lot of meets we go to this year.”
Avery Stanley continued her strong running, finishing third for a second straight meet in a time of 20 minutes and 24.04 seconds.
Elora Jones finished 19th overall (18th in the points race) in 21:09.1. Harper Barlow ran 35th (34th) in 21:34.85, Kailan Parks was 44th overall (43rd in points) in 22:01.91 and Rena Henson 51st overall (50th) in 22:13.79. It was Henson’s first meet of the season.
Bri Abbott (91st overall and 89th in point) ran a time of 23:35.22 and Lauren Brown (125th overall and 122 in points) in 24:53.83.
“Avery did run well and we had several girls run a little faster than they did at Mustang and Carl Albert is a tougher course,” Zimmerman said. “Some pretty big elevation changes that are a little longer and a little quicker than the mustang course. The girls that weren’t as fast as Mustang were just a little slower for the most part.
“We were even able to finish ahead of a couple of teams that beat us the week before so that is a good sign,” he added. “We got Rena into the varsity this week. Her natural ability makes a difference for the team. She has only been out the last two weeks so we were getting some distance in with her. We were unsure if we would run her on the varsity this week but we decided she was in pretty good shape right now so we put her in this week. Rena felt she was in good shape also and was ready to go.”
The Millerettes will compete in a meet against the Putnam City School on Thursday at Dolese Park.The meet was moved from Eldon Lyon Park since those park grounds are too wet. The girls varsity and junior varsity teams will run at 4 p.m.