Varsity Boys Cross Country give best performance at OSU 5K since 2012

Photo: Virgil Noah

Photo: Virgil Noah

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Charles Page High School Cross Country teams traveled to Stillwater this weekend for the OSU Cowboy Jamboree and competed against runners from more than forty schools. 

Varsity Girls 5K

18:34.9 Cheyenne Walden 1st Place
21:40.2 Alexis Davis 44th Place
24:44.9 Sara Abbet 144th Place
25:11.4 Elizabeth Watts 157th Place
26:52.4 Stephanie Genn 196th Place

Varsity Boys 5K

18:03.5 Aden Baughman 56th Place
18:57.7 Kaegan Murray 111th Place (PR-0:27)
19:32.1 Jacob Garbey 156th Place
19:45.4 Nelson Yazzie 178th Place
19:48.8 Jaden Weiser 183rd Place
20:09.7 Ian Baustert 206th Place

JV Girls 5K

25:54.6 Chezney Kelley 57th Place (PR-0:11.1)
28:01.8 Kaitlyn Walden 107th Place
28:10.6 Madison Englestead 111th Place (PR-0:45.3)
29:18.9 Madelynn Adams 136th Place
29:32.0 Lauren Barkdull 138th Place
30:14.7 Lily Reed 150th Place
36:26.3 Hope Pollard 191st Place

JV Boys 5K

20:48.0 Danny Murray 73rd Place (PR-0:46.6)
20:50.4 Phillip Elleman 78th Place
20:52.2 Josh Ivy 81st Place
20:56.4 Jaelyn Jackson 88th Place
21:10.5 Austin McCaskey 102nd Place
21:43.9 Nathan McKnight 140th Place
24:09.2 Russell McCaskey 290th Place (PR-0:06.6)
25:05.6 Alex Newport 334th Place

Junior High Girls 3200

12:12.5 Kalea Fleming 2nd Place


Three-time State Champion Cheyenne Walden secured her seventh-straight first place finish with a time of 18:34.9, a full 29 seconds ahead of her closest competitor and 1:14 over the third place finisher. Walden and Shay Staton, of Bartlesville, were the only two runners from Oklahoma to finish in the top-ten. The Lady Sandites competed in a joint 5A/6A 5K race, but Walden's time also would have given her first place in the 2A/3A/4A race with a 35 second lead on the top finisher in that division. Overall the girls placed 18th out of 33 schools with an average time of 23:24.8.

Freshman Chezney Kelley led the JV girls with a personal-record 25:54.6 finish for 57th place. Her time would have earned her 174th in varsity. The JV girls finished in 13th place out of 16 teams with an average time of 28:11.6.

The varsity boys were led by Aden Baughman with a time of 18:03.5 for 56th Place. The boys placed 24th of 38 teams with an average time of 19:13.5, their best showing at the Jamboree since 2012 when they had State Qualifier Andrew Coleman. The Sandites have improved by 1:14.3 since 2014 and have their first State Qualifier since Coleman in Baughman, who placed 69th at State last year as a freshman.

Danny Murray set a PR of 20:48 to lead the JV boys in 73rd Place. The JV boys took 17th of 36 teams. 

The Sandites will return to action this Saturday at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Last year Walden rode an eight-straight winning streak before coming in runner-up at Fayetteville, twelve seconds behind Jackson, Missouri's Chelsea Drum. Drum's 17:46.23 performance that year was her personal-best to-date. She is now a freshman at Ole Miss. Walden's personal best is 17:35.02 and she has won her last seven-straight events, but will face tough competitors from as many as seventy schools from several states.