After a little delay to the Cross Country State Championships because of the ice storm, the Duncan Demons cross country team finished the season at the Class 5A State Championship in Edmond.
The Lady Demons had one runner represented, who was the first one to go off the starting line as Jordan Patterson tried to bring home a state title in a field of 107 racers.
Patterson, a junior for the Lady Demons who was the second individual not affiliated with an automatic team to qualify for the state meet at the Norman regionals, finished 88th in the Class 5A State meet.
Running with a time of 24:12.14, Patterson finished her junior season and will now head into her senior season looking to better her position at next year’s Cross Country meet while getting ready for the track season in the spring.
Minutes later, the Duncan boys as team ran seven racers in the Boys 5K State meet. They had two racers in the top 30 individually and as a team finished in eighth place in the 5A State Tournament.
Blake Meadows finished 12th overall in the field of 112 racers with a time of 16:56.74. He completed his senior year with the best finish in his career at the State Tournament, while also earning All-State status for finishing in the top 15.
Kaceson Parker was the second runner in the top 30 as he placed 26th overall with a time of 17:29.59 while senior Nathan Hudson finished 56th overall with a time of 18:25.56.
Senior Nathan Robbins finished 80th overall with a time of 18:57.13 while freshman Caleb McFatridge finished 83rd as the final point scorer for the Duncan Demons’ cross country team with a time of 19:06.31.
Sophomore Drew Taliaferro and senior Adam Clifton also competed in the State Cross Country meet with Taliaferro finishing 95th with a time of 19:31.76 and Clifton finishing with a time of 21:21.27.
Demons head cross country coach Todd Ledford said he is proud of his team for the way they competed against the top teams in the state.
“I was very pleased on our season we have had. We have made, over the course of the season, huge gains with these guys from week one until the state meet,” Ledford said. “I thought we had a good showing at the state meet and had one state medalist in Blake Meadows and we ran some good times on a pretty difficult course. Overall, I was pleased with our performance.”
Duncan had five seniors in their top eight and Ledford said the seniors did a great job mentoring the other three runners in the lineup and was proud of the way the class of 2021 performed this year.
“They have been extremely good leaders for us this year all the way through summer to the end of the season and they have really posted some good times and really have been good examples for the younger guys,” Ledford said. “It is always sad to see your seniors go, but they have done a good job of leading, so it is exciting to see how the younger kids that we have — especially those three are coming back from our top eight — how much they have grown and fill into those leadership roles next year.”
With the cross country season over, most of these runners will head to the track season this spring. Ledford is excited for what the spring will look like.
“I am really excited with the amount of progress with these guys have made and as early as it is, I really look at some of these guys to be well high up on the podium in the track season in their respective events,” Ledford said. “I’m really very optimistic and excited for the upcoming track season. Even though we had a big group of seniors last year, this year we will be more distance dominant, … competitive and be able to score some points, so it will be exciting.”