The eighth-ranked Waurika girls’ cross country squad turned in an impressive performance Tuesday afternoon at the annual Velma-Alma Invitational at the Wildhorse Golf Course.
Waurika finished fourth in the team race behind two Class 3A ranked teams and one ranked Class 4A squad.
Marlow won the meet with 61 points, while Blanchard was second with 120 and Purcell was third with 143 points. The Lady Eagles totaled 156 points – well ahead of the fifth-place team from Latta.
The junior high girls also had an outstanding meet as they earned third place with 124 points. Velma-Alma was the team champion with 29 points and Marlow was the runner up with 103 tallies.
The high school boys were short-handed and did not figure into the team race. The junior high boys also did not have enough participants to compete for the team title.
Three Lady Eagles earned medals in the high school division. Times were not available for today’s race.
Tallin Mora was the top competitor for the Lady Eagles with a 13th-place finish. Also earning medals were Liberti Simmons, who finished 21st and Lexie Streeter, who finished 22nd among the 92 competitors.
Also competing for the Lady Eagles were Faith Roberson (43rd), Hope Cummings (57th), Kacie Reynolds (73rd) and Savana Ritter (87th).
The best finisher for the high school boys was Gustavo Gomez who earned 38th place among the 96 competitors. Cache Arellano finished 46th and Nicolas Alvarado rounded out the Waurika participants with a 67th place finish.
The junior high girls had four medalists in the competition.
Kynlee Waters led the way for the junior high squad with a ninth-place finish. Among the other medal winners were Jaci Gholson (12th), Trish Julian (19th) and Skylar Garrett (29th).
Also competing were Caity Ramsey (55th), Sadie Smith (59th), Niesca Camarillo (62nd) and Tracy Ballard (77th). The junior high girls field featured 98 competitors.
Three junior high boys earned medals in the competition for the Eagles. Isaac Camarillo finished 18th and Aiden Jenkins was right behind with a 19th-place finish. Alex Gomez also won a medal with his 27th-place finish.
Malachi Dodson also competed for the Eagles and finished 72nd. There were 100 competitors in the junior high boys division.
Waurika also had three sixth graders compete in the meet and all three earned medals.
Dallie Young was 15th for the Lady Eagles, while Ryder Watkins and Jaxon Simmons were sixth and ninth, respectively, for the Eagles.
Waurika will next compete on its home course on Tuesday as they will play host to a number of Class 2A and Class 3A squads from this part of the state.
This will be an excellent chance for fans to see these teams run as they head toward the regional meet in the middle of October.