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Three Stephens County runners will take part in the 2013 Oklahoma Cross Country Meet of Championship on Saturday.
The boys race, which will feature Duncan senior Walker Clampitt and Velma-Alma sophomore Ty Hobbs, will start at 10 a.m. 50 runners representing the best runners in the state from each class will be competing in each the boys and the girls race, which will take place at 10:30 a.m.
Duncan coach Todd Ledford said that Clampitt, who finished as the Class 5A state runner-up this year, has come a long way this season and the race gives him a unique opportunity.
“It allows the runners to showcase themselves, just to go out in a less stress environment and really just go compete and show what they can do,” Ledford said. “Plus, it’s fun for them.”
Marlow sophomore Rylee Rich also finished as the state runner-up, but in Class 3A. She will be taking part in the girls race and coach Mikey Eaves thinks it’s a great opportunity for her.
“Any time you have a runner that is active and able to represent your school in that type of meet, it’s a great representation and she represents our school well,” Eaves said. “That caliber of competition, if you’re around that, it’s good for their confidence and just knowing they’re part of that.”
Velma-Alma coach Jerry Loveall thinks it’s an honor for his underclassmen as well. Hobbs finished fourth in the Class 2A state championship to qualify, being in the top 10. Loveall thinks the race on Saturday is something he won’t ever forget.
“At that age you don’t expect it a lot of times,” Loveall said. “It gives some other kids some confidence to say, ‘Well, if he can do it, maybe I can get in on that.’ Especially, some of the younger kids see that, at a young age, it’s not always that you have to wait until you’re a senior.”
Waurika’s Daley Gay will also compete in the girls race. The top 25 runners in each race will receive a medal and represent the state in the Oklahoma/Arkansas Dual on Nov. 16.