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With a chance at the Class 3A state championship in both boys and girls cross country, experience could be the X-factor for Marlow.
Coach Mikey Eaves’ knowledge of how to prepare his athletes for the state championship helps the team’s case and having a top three runner on both the boys and girls teams doesn’t hurt.
Junior Nathan Crowson and sophomore Rylee Rich lead their teams into Shawnee on Saturday. For Crowson, he is coming in red hot after blowing past the field in last Saturday’s regional in Velma.
“Nathan’s a big enough competitor that he is going to try to give it everything he’s got,” Eaves said. “If he goes out and does what he can, whatever the outcome is, it’s great. I know he’s excited.”
Rich is also excited to prove herself on a statewide stage. She had a disappointing third-place finish in the regional race, but that was mostly due to an injury that bugged her on a course that wasn’t forgiving.
The next step for Rich is very clear. Her main competition for the state title is Henryetta’s Daisy Vanmeter and Marietta‘s Jaime Alexander.
“Last week was a hurdle, but I feel like in the long run, it could be a positive thing, because she is motivated,” Eaves said. “For her to be in the top three or two runners in the state, it’s definitely exciting.”
It’s hard to predict the team races, because in the regionals girls race, Marlow had one runner not finish. Still, given the past results this season, the Outlaws are poised to put up a tough test to any team that wants to bring home the grand prize.