Collinsville, Oklahoma
November 4, 2014 (Online Nov. 10th)
Cross Country Banquet
Four Teams Recognized For Their 2014 Season Efforts
First they ate ... and at the end they watched a video summary their seasons ... but most of the evening was about recognizing the hard work and accomplishments of the junior high and varsity for both the boys and girls cross country teams.
These 3 JrHi boys represented a group of 12 boys that ran for Coach Eric Dutton this season.
The Varsity Boys team was recognized by Coaches Eric Dutton and Kacee Price for their efforts this year. Devon Lyon won the new comer award. Ethan Thomas was most improved. Zach Sellers was named captain for next year's squad.
Most of the JrHi Girls (coached by Kim Myers) were at the banquet following their Metro Lakes Conference and All-Star Championship season. They have been conference champs for 3 years in a row and finally took the All-Star meet after two years as runner ups.
8th Graders Zoe Vogel and Abby Stacy check out their new 3-Peat shirts for their 3rd consecutive conference championship. They will be moving up to varsity next year. They started as 6th graders in the program.
The varsity girls team finished 8th at the 5A State meet (they have never been out of the top 10 since the CHS XC program began in 2007). The 7 girls that ran at the state meet all ran personal best times at the new 5K distance. All-Conference honors also went to Ellen Thomas (6th), Carrington Buoy (9th) and Mallory Burd (10th). Summer Taylor just missed out on all-conference with an 11th place finish.
Coach Kim Myers presented awards to her 8th graders.
Emma Alexander won the girls "bulldog" award.
Just a few notes from Coach Arlin Stacy's season ending remarks:
* "Season of adversity" ... with a theme to "rise up"
* Loss of Izzy Cottrell to graduation (8th at state last year)
* New 5K distance ... extra mile this year for the girls
* Tough 6A competition at most meets
* No home course for practice or meets (due to new upper elementary construction)
* New uniforms didn't fit initially ... finally got a set late in season
* Proud of their efforts as a team

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Former CHS XC Runner
Haley Taylor Honorable Mention
All-Conference At RSU
November 8, 2014

Hillcat Women Run to Second at Heartland Conference Championships

WICHITA, Kan. – Led by four all-conference performers, the Rogers State women's cross country team ran to a second-place finish at the 2014 Heartland Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday at the Cessna Activity Center.

It was a complete team effort for the Hillcats as all five scoring runners finished inside the top 20 for an average time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds and 64 team points.

Junior Christi Dougherty and freshman Ashtyn DeRoin crossed the finish line side-by-side garnering first-team all-conference accolades placing sixth and seventh, respectively, pacing the Hillcats. Dougherty covered the 6,000-meter course in 22:57 while DeRoin was just two seconds behind her teammate.

Picking up honorable mention all-conference honors were junior Haley Taylor and sophomore Andi Gourd. Taylor finished 16th in 23:45 while Gourd placed 17th with a time of 23:48. Gourd was the lone all-conference honoree for RSU a year ago.

Sophomore Olivia Jalomo matched Gourd's time of 23:48 but closed the season one spot outside of all-conference recognition by one-tenth of a second placing 18th in the 75-runner field.

The Hillcats also had sophomore Hunter Thompson run to 35th in 24:42 and freshman Hannah Tobias place 43rd in 25:16 in the season finale.

Rebekah Hernandez from Texas A&M International was named Heartland Conference Runner of the Year while also earning Freshman of the Year honors with a meet-winning time of 22:03, 33 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Dallas Baptist claimed its eighth-consecutive conference title finishing the day with 40 points with Anna Salazar and Cashlee Rayas placing in the top five.

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Ellen Thomas Still Running ...
Junior Ellen Thomas received a plaque (from Coach Arlin Stacy) recognizing her (repeat) All-State status by a top 10 finish at the state meet Nov. 1st. That qualified her for the All-Star event with the top Oklahoma XC girls from all the classes competing together at Edmond Nov. 8th (see status below).
Coach Arlin Stacy reports that Ellen Thomas finished 19th (of 90) at the Cross Country Meet of Champions Saturday at Edmond. She medaled and qualified for next Saturday's Arkansas -vs- Oklahoma Meet. -- noon Saturday 11/8/2014
Saturday Nov. 15th Thomas will travel to Arkansas as one of Oklahoma's representatives in that inter-state competition.
When I took this photo Friday Nov. 7th to show the new footings west of the high school (for the new gym and commons), I was not thinking about cross country. I did line up the shot with the track in the back ground just to help show the location. It wasn't until I got the photo up full sized on my computer screen that I realized the person on the track was Ellen Thomas. She was preparing for the All-Star meet the following day. -- Ted
Oklahoma beat Arkansas! Ellen Thomas came in 38th with time of 20.44. Proud of our girl! -- Nancy Lay Facebook post Saturday Nov. 15th (from OK-Ark Cross Country Meet of Champions in Arkansas)