By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle High School boys and girls cross country team traveled to Purcell last Thursday for their season-opener. The boys' team won first place with a team score of 52. The girls' team took third with a team score of 99.
In the girls' division, runners ran a 1.3 miles course and there were 98 runners. Allie Shumard won first with a time of 9:04. Sydney Cannon took eighteenth place with a time of 10:22. Aubrey Sanders followed in nineteenth place two seconds after Sydney.
In the boys' division, 120 runners ran a 2 miles course. Nick Tate was the fastest Racer coming in third with a time of 10:57. Austin Hilderbrand ran the course in 11:30 and came in eighth place. Hunter Palacois was hot on Austin’s heels coming in at 11:52 and in eleventh place.
Josh McFarland came in thirteenth place with a time of 11:54 while Joey Rice placed seventeenth with a time of 12:01.
On Friday the High School teams will travel to Norman for their next race at 9:30 a.m.
Practice for all Newcastle Middle School and High School cross-country runners will begin Monday, July 8th. This includes both boys and girls in grades 7 - 12.
Practice will be held at the Newcastle Public Library beginning at 7:30 am. For more information, call Coach Mariah Baker at (405) 613-8679.