Boys Cross Country Season Overview

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Boys Cross Country Season Overview

The Cross country team prays before running at the Edison Meet. The Boys team won both the Varsity and Junior Varsity races.

The Cross country team prays before running at the Edison Meet. The Boys team won both the Varsity and Junior Varsity races. " I’d say our overall depth this year has been the best since I’ve been here, we have had 27 guys break 20 and 5 guys break 17, the depth of our JV team was a good indicator as to how much depth we have," Ryan Smith Said.

The Cross country team prays before running at the Edison Meet. The Boys team won both the Varsity and Junior Varsity races. " I’d say our overall depth this year has been the best since I’ve been here, we have had 27 guys break 20 and 5 guys break 17, the depth of our JV team was a good indicator as to how much depth we have," Ryan Smith Said.

The Cross country team prays before running at the Edison Meet. The Boys team won both the Varsity and Junior Varsity races. " I’d say our overall depth this year has been the best since I’ve been here, we have had 27 guys break 20 and 5 guys break 17, the depth of our JV team was a good indicator as to how much depth we have," Ryan Smith Said.

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Cross country runs to the top of the podium for Regionals for the first time since 2010. The team was coached by Ryan Smith, with the pack led by Kent Borovich, Jimmy Blesi, Anthony Tittjung, and team captain David Lyons cheering them on.

The Cross Country team won Regionals for the first time since 2010. They also placed third at the 5A state meet. The boys were led by Kent Borovish, Jimmy Blesi, and Brady Voss. After a season of tough training and hard meets, the team was able to run fast at Regionals beating Guthrie by two points and Tahlequah by 27. Throughout the season, the team pushed each other making everyone better. 

The season was long but it was well worth it. Coach Smith was happy with how it ended. The end to every great season is due to a good start to the summer, and doing things you’ve never done before.

“The thing I like most about coaching cross country is getting athletes to do things they didn’t think they could do such as a 10-mile run, break 17 minutes, 20 – 400’s, and waking up at 6:00 a.m., 5 days a week in the summer,” Smith said.

On September 21, part of the team pushing each other would begin with Anthony Tittjungs (10) breakthrough performance at Missouri Southern. This race pushed many to keep up with him.

“I wasn’t seen as a great runner at the start of the season and after Missouri Southern, I think it caused others like Grant, Sean, and even Brady to be more motivated,” Tittjung said.

One of, if not the biggest leaders on the team David Lyons (12) is a person every coach wants on a team. David himself put in a lot of hard work and dedication as well as others in the team.

“I was proud with how the team finished.  Although it would’ve been nice to win state, placing third wasn’t easy considering we were racing against consistently dominant western teams.  The highlight to me though was winning Regionals for the first time since 2010, a clear sign of the depth of our team and the work we put in as compared to the previous season,” Lyons said.

The school’s Cross country team had a strong finish to their season and will have strong seasons in the near future, with their phenomenal strength and depth.