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The Duncan cross country teams will be in a familiar place as the runners look to qualify for state.
The Demon boys and girls head to Norman for regionals Saturday. The runners are familiar with the Norman course, having ran a regular-season meet there Sept. 13.
“The Norman course is somewhat challenging, but it’s fairly flat,” said Demon girls coach Dale Harris. “Hopefully we can run our best times this weekend.”
The Demon boys have one goal in mind: Qualifying for state. Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said he expects the boys to do just that.
“I think our run times will drop quite a bit,” he said. “We haven’t had a meet in a couple of weeks, so we’d have a chance to get some rest.”
Although senior Walker Clampitt and junior Mason Bivens are far out in front of the pack — both runners have posted times below 17 minutes throughout the season — the rest of Duncan’s boys have had a good pack time. Just 30 seconds separated the Demons’ next five runners at the team’s last meet Oct. 8, with all five clocking times of less than 20 minutes.
“I think that’s really important — the closer they finish together, the better,” Ledford said. “Our top two guys should be vying for the regional’s top spot, but to get the other guys to finish close together will help us with the team points.”
Bivens and Clampitt are among the favorites to win the regional race as indivduals, but Ledford said that all the boys are primarily focused on getting the team qualified for state.
As for the girls, Mattie Bivens and Macey Lagaly have been the top runners this season. Harris said that both should have a good chance of qualifying individually.
As for the team, Harris said that the Demons will have at least five girls competing, so they are eligible to score as a team. The question is whether or not the Demon girls are in position to qualify as a team, he said.
“It will be hard for us to qualify, but we may have an outside chance of slipping into the state meet,” Harris said.
Much of that, Harris said, is because of the quality of competition at regionals. Still, he hopes the girls can all have their best performances of the season.
“That’s what we are always shooting for,” he said. “No matter what one’s time is, you want to improve individually as the season goes. That’s our goal.”