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Work hard, study harder

November 02, 2022 - 00:00
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Hennessey cross country girls 6th in 3A; earn academic state title

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    ACADEMIC CHAMPS – The Hennessey High School girls cross country team took sixth at the state meet last week and was also announced as the 3A academic state champion. Combining for a 3.962 GPA were, from left: Nayely Valles, Karci Vadder, Jazzy Bullis, J

Hennessey came home from the Class 3A girls state cross country meet with some valuable experience… and a prestigious piece of hardware as well.

The Lady Eagles placed sixth at Saturday’s meet held at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

The team with three freshmen, two juniors and two seniors notched 254 points.

Top-ranked Regent Prep won the state title with just 56 points. Bethel was the state runner-up with 101, edging Adair’s 111.

“The girls ran great on Saturday,” said HHS coach Cheyenne Baxter, whose team went into the meet ranked No. 6.

“They were competitive and gave 100%.”

As has been the case much of the season, the Lady Eagles were paced by a trio of freshmen.

Emma Sipe ran the 3,200 meter course in 13:46.01, which placed her 36th out of 157 total runners.

She was 32nd among the runners who scored points for their respective teams.

Sipe’s time also broke her PR by more than 30 seconds.

Tayler Franklin finished 40th (34th) and Jocelyn Matousek 52nd (44th) and both ran under 14 minutes.

“They have really stepped up to the challenge this year and I know they will continue to improve,” Baxter said of her freshmen.

Jamie Torres was 81st (68th) and crossed in 14:25.90. She was among the 15 best seniors in the field.

Jazzy Bullis finished 90th (76th) to round out Hennessey’s scoring runners.

The trip back to Hennessey had an extra passenger.

Hennessey was announced as the Class 3A girls academic state champion.

The Lady Eagles were recognized during the awards ceremony at the meet.

Other members of the team who helped accumulate a combined 3.962 GPA were Nayely Valles, Karci Vadder, Yuridia Rios, Taryn Jech, Paeton Choate and Kate Curran.