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October 2, 2013

Large field attends Velma-Alma cross country meet

VELMA — A lot of runners made their way to the Wildhorse Gold Course for cross country Tuesday.

Velma-Alma High School cross country coach Jerry Loveall said he “got an impression that there was going to be a lot of people” at the school’s meet, given how many schools contacted him about attending.

It may have helped that the Comets will host a regional meet Oct. 19, Loveall added.

The boys race had 182 runners and the girls race had 175.

“Velma’s course is a difficult course with huge hills,” noted Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford.

It was the Demon boys who took the top two individual spots in the boys race. Mason Bivens was first overall in 16:26 and Walker Clampitt was second in 16:30.

Duncan’s next few runners had a good pack time. Justin Morris ran a time of 18:37 (13th overall), Malachi Span’s time was 18:45 (18th), Taber Kaspereit was 18:50 (21st), Will Hicks was 19:17 (28th) and A.J. Stewart was 19:37 (34th).

And then there were the top JV runners, who ran the race at the same time as the boys. Jesse Bachman ran a time of 19:43 and Sean Moore ran a time of 19:49.

“From the fifth through 10th spots, their position on the team has changed so much and been so close all year, it’s really paid off,” Ledford said. “We’ve got different kids finishing in the top seven, so you know the kids are pushing each other each week.”

Velma-Alma’s boys were led by Ty Hobbs, who placed third in 17:42. Russell Butler came in 27th (19:16), Trey Guthrie was 41st (19:57), Lane Skinner was 48th (20:11) and Jose Torres was 53rd (20:27).

For the Comet girls, Cailin Wright placed 26th (14:06), Emily Combest took 43rd (14:53), Lindsey Alvarez was 55th (15:16), Brooklyn Burtling was 71st (15:50), Summer Byrd was 83rd (16:02), Kyndall Brown was 84th (16:06) and Syndey Lewis was 106th (16:44).

“Hosting a meet (as a coach), you don’t get to watch as much you want because you are always doing other things,” Loveall said. “Looking at this year, the boys have competed a little ahead of the girls as far as races go, but we’ve got a couple kids out of softball who will help us.”

He added, “I’m pleased with where they are at and what they are doing.”

Results for the Demon girls were Mattie Bivens, 12th in 13:24; Macey Lagaly, 21st in 13:54; Caitlyn Combest, 96th in 16:22; McKennah Trusley, 112th i 17:03; and Hannah Scott, 116th in 17:16.

“It’s one of the more challenging courses we’ve ran,” said Demon girls coach Dale Harris. “But I felt pretty good about our times. We’re running against the clock — that’s the way I view things. And the girls are continuing to improve in that regard, so I was pleased with the meet.”

Marlow also competed in Tuesday’s meet. Individual results were not available as The Duncan Banner went to press.

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