The fourth-ranked Ryan Cowgirl cross country team has accomplished something no team has ever done at Ryan – win three consecutive meets.
That feat was accomplished last Saturday when the Cowgirls claimed the team title at the Healdton Invitational on a cold fall morning near Healdton Lake.
And, the performances could not come at a better time as the Cowgirls prepare for the Class 2A Regional Cross Country meet on Saturday hosted by Waurika in Harmon Park.
The Cowgirls recorded 25 team points – the fewest in school history – and outdistanced second-place Waurika who finished with 41 points. The previous best score by a team was 26 set earlier this year at Frederick and last year at the Cameron meet.
Lilybet Harmon continued her outstanding senior season with another first-place finish in the individual race. It was also her third straight individual title.
Harmon covered the 2.1-mile course in a time of 13:23.88. She also won the meet titles at Sulphur and Frederick.
Katelyn Dabbs, perhaps the most improved runner for the Cowgirls this season, nabbed second place with a time of 13:39.44, which was 14 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.
Lily York captured sixth place with a time of 14:11.89 and Juliet Spangler finished eighth with a time of 14:15.94. Alicen Williams finished out the top ten performances by finishing 10th time a mark of 14:25.09.
Whittany Spangler also medaled for the Cowgirls by finishing in the 22nd spot, which is just one spot below her season-best set at Frederick. Her time was not available.
Grace Stamper finished 29th in the race – her best finish of the season.
The junior girls squad finished third in the team race behind Velma-Alma and Waurika.
The high school boys did not compete at Healdton
The high school girls and boys will be in action Saturday at the Class 2A Regional Cross Country Meet at Waurika on Saturday. The girls will run at 12 noon, while the boys will compete at 12:45 p.m.
The Cowgirls have an excellent chance to win the meet which would be the first regional title in school history and only the third time for a team to advance to the state meet. The top seven teams will qualify for the state competition.
Ryan Junior High Results
GIRLS: 5. Aubree Showalter; 9. Jasmine Villarreal; 21. Healther Poague. Alexis Shockley; Hannah Williams, Alyssa Phillips.
BOYS: 4. Koble Lewis, 11. Alex Uribe
Ryan Elementary Results
GIRLS: 1. Micah Villarreal; 2. Harleigh Loftin; 4. Lilah Regehr; 10. Annzlee Tomberlin; 12. Tianna Galindo; 13. Alyssa Harrison; 20. Lynnlee Tomberlin.
BOYS: 3. Kolton Rodriguez; 7. Breydon Brackeen; 8. Aaron Ortiz; 11. Keller Adsit; 13. Brian Porterfield; 14. Keylan Rodriguez; 20. Jake Reagan ; 21. Seth Duke;