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Cross country opened season at Putnam City North Invitational

Boys take fourth, while girls finish sixth in team standings

The Yukon cross country teams began their regular season on Tuesday afternoon at the Putnam City North Invitational.

The Miller boys finished in fourth-place out of 12 total teams competing in the large-school division, while the Millerette harriers took sixth-place out of 11 total teams competing in the event.

In the final boys’ team standings, it was Mustang taking first place followed by Capitol Hill, U.S. Grant, Yukon, Putnam City, Moore, Putnam City West, Western Heights, Woodward, Southeast, Ada and Putnam City North.

In the final girls’ team standings, it was Mustang taking the top spot followed by Edmond Memorial, Casady, Captiol Hill, Putnam City, Yukon, Putnam City North, U.S. Grant, Southeast, Ada and Woodward.

In the boys’ individual standings, Yukon had six boys finish the 5k race on Tuesday. Elijah Ankrum took fourth-place overall with a time of 17:42.8, Kendall Watson finished in ninth-place with a time of 18:04.3, Noah Hanscom placed 17th with a time of 18:45.3, Conner Cosgrove took 25th place with a time of 19:28.5, Dakota Adams finished in 34th place with a time of 19:54.5 and Mikael Stamm placed 42nd with a time of 20:15.9.

U.S. Grant’s Sha’ty Carolina took first-place overall in the boys’ individual standings with a time of 17:15.3.

“Kendall Watson had a great day out here,” Yukon boys coach Matt Parent said. “He beat his best time by about 10-15 seconds and that was in a longer course with a lot of wind and hot weather. We will continue to get better as a team with each race. I always tell our guys, ‘It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish,’.”

In the girls’ individual standings, the Millerettes had six runners finish the race. Hannah Delgado took 19th place with a time of 24:46.6, Jessica Canales finished in 20th place with a time of 25:16.4, Myka Heimbach placed 41st with a time of 28:21.0, Desiree Walker took 42nd place with a time of 28:22.3, Abigail Janka finished in 54th place with a time of 30:45.7 and Caelyn Cox placed 62nd with a time of 32:29.4.

Casady’s Jose Alberola finished in first-place overall in the girls’ individual standings with a time of 20:15.4.

“I thought the long weekend with Labor Day hurt us a little bit,” Yukon girls coach Rod Zimmerman said. “I thought we got out of our routine a little bit and that hurt us. I thought we competed hard, I was proud of our effort, but I look for a lot of improvement as the season goes along and we get back into our normal routine.”

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