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October 27, 2012

Duncan boys place fourth at state meet

EDMOND — The Duncan boys’ cross country team put a nice finishing touch on one of the best seasons in recent memory, claiming fourth place at the 5A state meet in Edmond.

“This has been one of the most successful seasons we’ve had in a long time at Duncan, and to get fourth out of all the teams at state, I’m really happy about that,” said Duncan boys’ coach Todd Ledford.

 Two Demons medaled with top-15 finishes. Walker Clampitt finished the 5K course at Edmond Santa Fe in 17 minutes, 3.99 seconds, to claim 13th place. Mason Bivens was 15th with a time of 17:09.24.

Malachi Spann was 38th, Shawn Moore was 41st, Seth Gonzalez was 70th, Taber Kaspereit was 94th and Dylan Trusley was 110th.

“We ran real well,” Ledford said. “I knew coming in we could finish anywhere from second to fifth, depending on how well we ran. We probably ran the best race we have all year.”

The Demons were just eight points (152-144) behind third-place Tahlequah.

Deer Creek cruised to the state title as expected, while Coweta finished second.

It was the first time running at the state tournament for four of Duncan’s runners and the other three were making their second trip.

With no seniors on this year’s team, the Demons are already setting high expectations for next year.

“On the drive back home they were already talking about winning the whole thing next year,” Ledford said. “They are just a special group of kids. They get along really well and they hang out with each other outside of cross country.

“This was the first time most of them have ever competed in a state tournament or competition of any time and there definitely is a different atmosphere at state that you have to get used to and it’s tough to perform in. So, the future looks really good for us.”

Macey Lagaly, the only runner to qualify for the Duncan girls, finished 47th, crossing the finish line of the 2-mile course in 13:25.16.

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