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With a large field of runners, the regionals at Velma provide an interesting test for the Marlow cross country teams.
The ultimate goal lies farther up the road at the state championship. Coach Mikey Eaves feels his team has the ability to get there. Fortunately, the regional hosts some of the top competition, giving Eaves the ability to scout some of his competition before the state title meet.
“It’s going to be a good competition,” Eaves said. “Our biggest goal is to make it to state.”
Knowing the course gives Marlow even more of an edge. It ran the same course in Velma on Oct. 1. The boys team had the most points in its class at that meet and the girls team finished second.
“They know what to expect at certain points,” Eaves said. “There are certain spots that you know are going to be hard that you’ve got to anticipate before you get there. If you run the course enought, you can get familiar with those spots.”
Sophomore Rylee Rich leads the way on the girls side. She has become a favorite for the state title and is practicing like it.
“She’s obviously worked hard this week,” Eaves said. “I’m just looking forward to seeing her go out and compete. She usually steps up in the regional and state time.”
Junior Nathan Crowson pushed his way to the front of a deep roster for the boys team. His experience benefits his run at the state title, but he isn’t the only runner with lofty goals. Seniors Chris Davis and Justin Brown are two other Outlaws that are gunning for the top 15.