Hooker takes Oklahoma’s Class 2A state cross country championship PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:41

By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
HOOKER, Okla. — The Hooker Bulldogs boys cross country team is once again the leader of the pack. The Bulldog harriers captured the Class 2A state cross country title on Saturday in Shawnee, Okla. by nearly 40 points over second place Watonga even though the top individual finisher was in third place.
David Perez, who has several state track medals to his credit, crossed the line in 16:59. 22 seconds behind first place Joe Springer of Frontier. Nigel Hampton of Watonga was second in 16:52.
Not far behind Perez was another Perez — David’s brother, Esteban — who was fifth in 17:19.
“David is a pure long distance runner and so is his brother,” said Hooker cross country coach Stan Katchel. “Their grandfather was a well-known distance runner in Mexico. He won some big races. Didn’t make the olympics, but came close.”
Esteban has been a key runner the last few years, as well.
“He just trained super hard,” Katchel said. “About two weeks into the season he started limping, so we had to put him on the bike. So we knew he wasn’t training like he normally does. But he came through those injuries.”
Ethan Neal was 11th in 17:52 and Ryan Williams 13th in 18:18. Brandon Goosen placed 17th in a time of 18:24. Those five in the top 20 is what gave the Bulldogs the team title.
Neal and Williams were honorable mention all-state.
“Ethan was an all-stater last year and Ryan was a transfer student from Amarillo,” Katchel said. “The other thing that really helped us was Brandon Goosen.”
Goosen is the starting quarterback on the football team, but with football games played last Thursday, he got a day’s rest before the state meet. Katchel predicted him 30th, and he finished 17th.
“He really dropped his time and that’s basically what won it for us,” Katchel said.
Other finishers from Hooker included Anselmo Estrada in 46th at 19:32 and Jordan McFarland 51st  in 19:45.
The win was Hooker’s first state title since 2007 after finishing second in the state the last two seasons.
“We had some injuries that kind of prevented us from getting there (last year),” Katchel said.
Perez hadn’t typically trained during the summer, and ended up with injuries toward the end of the season. Not so this year.
“He did a lot of training in the summer and we really trained him hard,” Katchel said.
During the race, Katchel noticed the runners were lagging a little behind.
“At the mile mark, we were behind,” the coach said. “But they’re such seasoned runners, and they’ve been there since their freshman year. They knew not to go out as hard as they could that they’d need to save it. That experience has really paid off.”
At two miles, Katchel thought his team was making its move.
“With about three-fourths of a mile, I stood up on a hill and I could see our position,” Katchel said. “Even our sixth and seventh runners were winning the battles and reaching the goals that we had set for them.
“I knew it was over, we were going to win if we didn’t get disqualified.”
The Beaver High School boys team placed fifth, led by a seventh place finish by Luis Chavez, who crossed the finish line in 17:33. Austin Reed placed 28th in 18:50, Coleman Osborn 48th in 19:37, Tyler Welch was 52nd in 19:46, Mario Gonzalez was 58th and Eddie Ruiz 59th to round out the Beaver contingent.
On the girls’ side, Boise City-Keyes won the state team championship and Balko’s Jaylee Mays won the individual state title.
Mays crossed the finish line in 12:41, eight seconds ahead of Andi Gourd of Central Sallisaw.
Boise City’s top finisher was ninth place Baley Gardner, who came in at a time of 13:11 and teammate Yessica Martinez was seventh, two seconds later.
Hooker’s girls took 12th in the team standings and the top individual finisher was Brittney Bergner, who placed 19th in 13:34.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Katchel said.
Hooker almost didn’t have enough to field a team, but Alexis Wiebe and Jessie Hurtado stepped up to compete for the Lady Bulldogs. Wiebe is more of a sprinter, and Hurtado — a transfer from Florida — had never competed in athletics.
“They were incredibly out of shape and tried to fight through it the entire year,” Katchel said. “For us just to go to state is just phenomenal.”
Bergner has several distance track medals to her credit, in spite of suffering from asthma.
“This is actually really good for her, her times were good,” Katchel said. “When it starts getting cold, she really falls all, but this year, she kept right in there and hung in there and I’m proud of her.”
Also out of the Oklahoma Panhandle, Texhoma’s Lady Red Devils placed 10th in the team standings, with Karina Acevedo placing 38th, followed by Abigail Ferguson in 46th, Tabra Elliott in 47th and Mildred Amaya in 73rd.

Class 2A State Championship
Saturday
Oklahoma Baptist University
Boys

1. Hooker 46
2. Watonga 83
3. Frontier 108
4. Okla. Bible Academy 128
5. Beaver 153
6. Walters 174
7. Hobart 178
8. Carnegie 215
9. Mulhall-Orlando 235
10. Silo 245
11. Hydro-Eakley 258
12. Quinton 260
13. Haworth  277
14. Laverne 302
Girls
1. Boise City-Keyes 80  
2. Canute 95
3. Deer Creek-Lamont 113
4. Watonga 122
5. Haworth 144
6. Thomas- Fay- Custer 155
7. Konawa 167
8. Velma-Alma 203
9. Helena Timberlake 233
10. Texhoma 238
11. Carnegie 256
12. Hooker 285
13. Warner 322
14. Woodland 350
15. Walters 388

 

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