Collinsville Cross Country took both boys and girls varsity teams to 5A XC State in Edmond. The teams had both qualified to compete in the State meet after placing among the top seven teams in the East Region. In Regionals, held in Broken Arrow, Collinsville girls took 4th overall and the boys took 7th. Both teams had seniors ready to compete in their last meet in Edmond: Elizabeth Wedlake and Carrington Buoy, for the girls, and Ty Alexander, Devyn Lyon, and Levi Captain, competing for the boys. All these athletes had one final 5K race, each hoping to end on the best note possible.
In a race with 104 State-qualified runners, the CHS girls were competing for their 11th straight year; seven Lady Cards more than qualified to compete in this mass of runners. The best time for the girls 5A race was 19min 30.88 seconds, setting the pace for the girls’ race. Carrington Buoy placed in the top twenty. Buoy finished in 18th place, with a final time of 20min 53.82 seconds. Freshman, Sarah Bell, finished in 31st at a time of 21:47.05. In 49th place was Junior, Zoe Vogel, with a time of 22:37.40. Elizabeth Wedlake came in at 23:22.47, 63rd overall. The 5th runner, the last to earn team-points, for the Lady Cards was Grace Coleman in 100th place with a time of 25:27.72. Right behind was both Hailey Wilson in 102nd with a time of 26:19.15 and then Megan Thetford in 103rd with a time of 26:44.61. The girls were 12th out of 12 teams overall with 241 team points; finishing behind Altus with 231 points.
The boys were competing for their 3rd straight year I the XC State meet, which is now the longest consecutive State appearances for Collinsville Boys Cross Country. The male race consisted of 14 teams and 109 runners total, with Collinsville having a full team of seven competing in the horde. The boys were favored at taking 13th overall, but had a goal of making top 10. The boys race was noted to be intensely competitive when the best time for boys 5A was 15:58.76, beating the 6A boys best time by nearly 10 seconds.
Sophomore, Mathew “Canadia” Budnik, took 19th overall with a time of 17:17.45. IN 2nd for the boys was junior, Chase Curtis, finishing in 41st at 17:58.67. In 3rd was freshman, Lane Hutchens, finishing at 50th with a time of18:11.69. Back-to-back 4th and 5th runners for Collinsville was, Seniors, Devyn Lyon and Ty Alexander. Lyon finished 62nd with a time of 18:21.17. Alexander finished in 63rd with a time of 18:21.43. Then, in 81st, was Senior Levi Captain finishing in at 19:06.73. The 7th runner for the Cards was, freshman, Brody Captain in 84th place with a total time of 19:19.13. The Varsity boys reached their goal and finished in the top ten. Collinsville boys took 9th overall, five points behind Guthrie in 8th place. With their average team time at 18:05, the XC boys competed their fastest race in Collinsville history.
Both teams concluded an incredible Cardinal XC season. The 10th year of Cardinal Cross Country existence was filled with two State competitive teams. Both teams look forward to future seasons filled with success.