OHS cross country team ends seasonPublished 12:02am Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Opp finished in sixth place at the Class 3A cross country sectional meet at Langan Municipal Park in Mobile Saturday.
The top three teams advance to the state round, thus ending the Bobcats season.
“We had several kids run well,” OHS cross country coach Jimmy Reeves said.
Opp’s Hope Baldwin ran the best time at 25 minutes. Jasmine Lindsay and Tera Driskell came in at 26 minutes. Abby Cox finished in 27 minutes, Angela King finished in 30 minutes and Ashland Poole finished in 31 minutes.
Maverick Ladson led the boys in a 21-minute finish. Chase Robbins, Walker Messor, Avery Stanfield and Tyler Thompson finished in under 22 minutes. Tanner Duffell finished in 23 minutes and Jordan Creech finished in 28 minutes.
“I’m extremely proud of how much we improved,” Reeves said about the first season. “We started out with more than 20 kids and these 13 stuck it out. It’s a tough sport. Most of the teams we competed against were private schools who specialize in distance running.
“We are a bunch of kids who play other sports and used out cross country team to get in shape for our main sport,” he said. “I hope that next year we will have some smaller kids come out who are interested in making cross country their main sport.”
Reeves said he’s thankful for the support the team received from OHS athletic director Jack Whigham, OHS principal Ron Snell and Opp City Schools Superintendent Michael Smithart.
Additionally, Frank Jackson State Park provided a good place to run trails, Reeves said.