WYNNEWOOD - The Caddo Bruins Cross Country team had another strong run Thursday as they outran the field at Wynnewood. Six Bruins won medals and the team rang up 49 points to outpace last year's champion Byng in the 2.6-mile race.
Seniors Jerreck McWilliams and Justin Boyd once again led the Bryan County crew.
McWilliams [14:01] was the third runner to cross the line and Boyd was 10 seconds back in fourth place.
“This time we had strong support for our lead dogs. Lance Schafer came in under 15:30 in 11th place. Chris Eastwood [15:52] and Justin hicks [16:03] were 15th and 16th and they were the difference,” said Caddo coach Don Tidwell. “Byng had three strong runners, but our 4th and 5th guys gave us the depth we needed.”
Jose Cortes [16:58] was the sixth bruin to win a medal. Evan Stephens lowered his time from the Idabel meet by two minutes [18:33]. Taylor Mays dropped his to 20:52 and Ashton Gabbart had a 23:24 in his first meet.
“These guys are fun to work with. Before each race I try to guess our order of finish, but I've not gotten it right yet. Jerreck (McWilliams) edged Justin (Boyd) today, but on Monday Justin took Jerreck. The other guys are all competing with each other and that really helps the entire team. Lance (Schafer) surprised me tonight,” said Tidwell. “He's playing football for coach Hitsman and hasn't put in the miles some of these other guys have, but he still ran well. Eastwood and jicks are challenging each other and Jose did a good job in his first race and isn't that far back. Shelton Mays has an ankle injury and couldn't run up here. He was our fifth man at Idabel, just a step or two behind Hicks.
“Our freshmen are going to be factors in the future when they get some more race experience. This is by far the most depth we've had and when Chase McMichael gets back, we'll be that much stronger.”
Caddo travels to Ada Thursday for the east central meet. It will be held at the Pontotoc area vo-tech campus.
The vo-tech school is on the Richardson loop by-pass on the south side of Ada. The boys will run at 6:15 p.m. This will be their first 5-k (3.1 miles) of the season. Last year the boys ran third behind Byng and Plainview.
This is a very good meet for the fans, as well as for the runners. In a lot of meets it's hard to see a lot of the race, but at Ada you can see almost all the race from one spot.