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Duncan’s boys cross country runners were regional runners-up Saturday and are headed to state.
The Demon boys — who finished second behind Deer Creek — will be joined at state by girls freshman Mattie Bivens.
“I thought it was a really good day,” said Demon boys coach Todd Ledford. “It went exactly the way it needed to.”
Duncan junior Mason Bivens finished second individually with a time of 16:15. Only Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen had a better time (15:58). Duncan senior Walker Clampett’s took third with a time of 16:37.
The Demons’ next three runners were all close to one another, with Malachi Spann 20th in 17:53, Taber Kaspereit 23rd in 18:02, and Justin Morris 25th in 18:08. Rounding out the Demon times were Will Hicks, 52nd in 19:14, and A.J. Stewart, 69th in 21:11.
“We ran well and we ran smart,” Ledford said. “Hopefully this will carry over to next week.”
The Demons will get another shot at Deer Creek, the defending Class 5A state champion, at the state meet in Shawnee this Saturday.
On the girls side, Mattie Bivens placed fifth overall in 12:48, her best time of the year. Although the Demon girls did not qualify for state as a team, girls coach Dale Harris said most of the runners posted season-best times.
“Really, the objective is to try to run your fastest time of the year,” Harris said. “Overall, it was a successful season, despite not having a lot of girls out for the squad.”
The rest of the times for the Demon girls were Macey Lagaly, 23rd in 13:38; Caitlyn Combest, 60th in 15:16; Hannah Scott, 66th in 15:56; Rebecca Brewer, 68th in 16:06; and McKennah Trusley, 75th in 17:16.