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The Lady Broncos were all smiles after winning the Metro Conference race last Tuesday afternoon. (Staff photo by Derek Brown)
 
Kyra Fuller paced herself to her first win of the season at the Metro Conference race. (Staff photo by Derek Brown)
 

By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

The Lady Broncos had been beaten by Edmond North for much of the season. When there was a Metro Conference title was on the line Mustang rose to the challenge last Tuesday at Wild Horse Park.

Mustang won their third straight conference championship and did so in dramatic fashion. MHS and Edmond North were tied at 36 points apiece. Mustang’s Lauren Mason saved the day with her 14th place finish. That beat North’s sixth runner and pushed the Lady Broncos to the first place finish.

“I knew we had a chance. I knew we had to run really well,” Mustang coach Mike McGarry said.

Kyra Fuller won her first race of the season with an 11:53 time. Jaci Smith of North got second and teammate Jenny Mehner got third. Emma Ledbetter, also from North, placed fourth.

“We have been running as a team and I guess that helped us a lot,” Fuller said. “We got together and became a team.”

Rachel Burchill ran a 12:42 which put her in fifth.

Sara Wojcak got ninth, Anna Crawford earned 10th and Kelsey Bumgarner got 11th.

Jaci Jones also helped Mustang’s cause by beating North’s fifth runner with a 17th place finish.

“That last half mile we had to seriously move up and we pulled it off,” McGarry said.

McGarry felt that the success by the JV boys and girls helped get Mustang anxious and ready to run.

“The JV fired up the varsity,” McGarry said.

The Lady Broncos will look to keep the momentum going as they head into the Regional Meet on Oct. 26 at Norman.

“Anytime you win a race you will get a little more confidence,” McGarry said.

Mustang knows that after beating North for the first time this year the Lady Huskies will be working just as hard to reclaim first.

“North will be fired up to beat us,” McGarry said.

SICKNESS LED TO THIRD

A few Mustang runners were not feeling on top of their game. That pushed the Broncos down to third place at the Metro Conference Meet last Tuesday.

Edmond Santa Fe won the event with 42 points, Edmond North got second with 53 points and Mustang placed third with 72 points.

“Had they been able to run where we thought they would’ve been it would’ve been an interesting race,” McGarry said.

Aaron Fife led the Broncos with a 17:50 and a seventh place finish.

“He’s [Fife] fighting an injury,” McGarry said. “He’s toughing it out.”

Lance Frost was not feeling on top of his game and slipped to 10th with an 18:07.

Skyler Wade got 12th, Josh Griffin placed 13th and Ashleigh Ruttman earned 30th.

“We ran well across the board,” McGarry said.

Mustang now looks to get healthy as they go into the Regional Meet on Oct. 26 at Norman. The Broncos have been absent from the State Meet as a team for the past two seasons. They hope to end the drought this year.

“We’ve got to run well. We think we have a realistic shot at making state,” McGarry said.

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