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September 1, 2013

Demon runners take third at Carl Albert

Bivens top individual

DUNCAN — It was hot Friday morning and the Duncan Demon boys cross country runners were hot to start the 2013 season.

The Duncan High School boys cross country team took third at a 15-team meet hosted by Carl Albert High School. The only two teams to place ahead of the Demons -- Westmoore and Bishops McGuinness -- were Class 6A schools.

“It was hot when we ran,” said Demon coach Todd Ledford. “It was up to about 95 degrees. We conditioned when it was hot but the weather always plays a factor in the times and everything.”

Still, the Demon boys had a good showing, led by junior Mason Bivens, who won the varsity meet with a time of 17 minutes and three seconds.

“I think we did a real good job,” Bivens said. “We had a real solid performance. The JV came through well as well.”

Senior Walker Clampitt placed eighth overall with a time of 18:25 and sophomore Justin Morris took 21st overall in 19:09. Other times for the varsity boys were senior Tabor Kasperelt, 19:53; senior Jesse Bachman, 20:17; junior Dylan Trusley, 21:40; and senior Malachi Spann, 22:27.

Although Ledford said the runners still have work ahead of them, “I thought they performed pretty well.”

The Demon boys are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Class 5A state meet last year.

“We want to go for number one,” Bivens said. “We are working hard to get there. We definitely have a good shot this year.”

Lady Demons open at Marlow

The Duncan Lady Demons cross country team saw its first action at Thursday’s meet in Marlow. The meet featured a one-mile course, as opposed to the two-mile courses normally in place for girls’ meets.

“I think it’s a good race to start us off,” said coach Dale Harris. “Maybe it’s not as intimidating as early in the season. And it’s pretty hot this time of year.”

Freshman Mattie Bivens led the Lady Demons with a fifth-place overall finish, running a time of six minutes and 29 seconds. Other results were  Hannah Scott, 44th in 7:48; Caitlin Combest, 46th in 7:52; Alexa Cabelka, 57th in 8:33; McKennah Trusley, 60th in 8:45; and Julia Maldonado, 69th in 9:24.

“We’re a pretty young group,” Harris said. “Hopefully we will improve as the season progresses.”

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