By Brody Feldmann
Mustang harriers took its annual trip to the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival last weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Going into the weekend Mustang had two goals; run strong and scout Deer Creek, which is seen as one of the best teams in Oklahoma.
Mustang left with both goals accomplished.
The Broncos finished the race as 13th as a team with the best finish coming from sophomore Gabe Simonsen in 30th with a time of 16:22.9.
“He was a little banged up, but he is feeling better now. Hopefully, he can make a run at the top,” said coach Mike McGarry.
Parker Huckabay was second for Mustang with an 81st-place finish and a time of 16:45.2. Kaleb Brooks ran a time of 16:54.8, which was good enough for 105th.
“Parker has been a great runner for us for the last couple of years. With this being his senior year, he really wants to do well at state,” McGarry said.
Antonio Cervantes (17:02.3) and Brenden Robeaux (17:05.1) topped off the group of five for the Broncos.
“Robeaux, a sophomore, I don’t know where he pulled this one out of, but he had a great race. He has been 30 seconds off of him (Cervantes) but there he was right up there with him,” said McGarry.
Mustang’s displacers in Arkansas were Colton Cable (17:52.5) and Kyle Bussell, 18:00.6.
“We probably have the strongest team depth wise that we’ve ever had. Except for maybe the 05-06 team but we are right there with them,” said McGarry.
The 13th-place finish as a team beat Deer Creek by five points as the best Oklahoma team in the race.
“It was close. We will probably go back and forth with them all year, but hopefully we will be on top at state,” said McGarry. “At least we have shown that we can beat them. But, we need to continue to improve because they will be improving.”
The Lady Broncos didn’t have as much success as the Broncos. They finished as a team in 37th place.
Mustang had Jordan Thayer finish in 140th with a time of 21:09.7, Elaina Hinkle with a 21:49.9, Heidi Askeland ran a 21:55.9, Carrigan Mills finished with a time of 22:57.9 and Annistyn Stanley rounded out the top five with a time of 23:26.2.
The Lady Broncos displacers were Rachel Hamel with a time of 23:40.8 and Mary Webber with a time of 23:47.4.
Mustang gets set to host the Mustang Harrier this Saturday at Wild Horse Park with the start time at 8 a.m.