By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The early morning thunderstorms did more than just delay the Stillwater Pioneers’ and Lady Pioneers’ races at the Cowboy Jamboree. On top of dealing with a muddy course, the Stillwater teams dealt with a crowded one as well as Class A through 6A ran together as the Pioneers finished 14th and the Lady Pioneers finished 18th Saturday at Oklahoma State University’s cross country course.
“The kids ran well,” coach Dan Zeroski said.
The Pioneers were only supposed to race with only 6A schools, but to not prolong the race, all classes ran together. The classes were divided in results with a 4A-5A division and A-3A. Zach Porterfield finished with the top time for Stillwater as he came in 34th with a time of 17:49.54.
“It’s one of the hardest races there is,” Porterfield said. “I ran a 17:50 and it did not feel like a 17:50. It felt more a lot more like a 17 flat.”
Sophomore Jay Ogle finished 46th, junior Bo Frohock finished 53rd. Jacob Ellis and Rounak Bastola rounded out Stillwater’s team score finishing at 101st and 103rd respectively. Porterfield said the crowded conditions definitely made it tougher.
“We were sliding around all over the place,” Porterfield said. “There were places that their were dips and has the wood chipped over. There was a lot of places where the wood chips were away and there was just mud — people sliding into people.”
Zeroski disagreed a little, saying it really only effected the start.
“In the (junior varsity) races we had 1,500 (running),” he said. “It probably affects right at the start, the first 300 meters might be a little tight.”
The senior said it should help prepare them for future competitions.
“We trained pretty hard the last couple weeks,” Porterfield said. “We are ready for regionals.”
The Lady Pioneers were led by Elise Rackley who finished 79th at a time of 13:34.52. Catherine Petty finished 82nd, Addy Evans finished 93rd, Angela Fitch finished 100th and Meagan Mage finished 119th to complete. Rackley said she felt good about her performance.
“I felt great, I felt like I was flying,” Rackley said.
Rackley said running with a larger group of people didn’t affect her.
“I didn’t pay attention to anyone else,” Rackley said. “I just ran as fast as I could go.”
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will travel to the Pre-State meet at Edmond Santa Fe at 10 a.m.
The Perry Maroons finished 15th in the Class A-3A division. Colton Looper led the team with a time of 18:05.54 for 10th place. Payton McNabb finished 47th, Antonio Ruiz finished 98th, Isiah Bourland finished 107th and Chase Wheatley finished 110th.
The Lady Maroons finished eighth with Rylee Bellmon finishing fifth with a time of 12:59.53. Dali Atchley finished close behind at eighth with a time of 13:08.77. Summer Stevens finished 59th, Destiny Dyess finished 64th and Darlie Arnold finished 65th. Perry coach Ron Dwyer said both teams ran well.
“I’m proud of how they handled the conditions,” Dwyer said. “They kept themselves ready and ran well.”