By: Virgil Noah, Staff Writer
Cheyenne Walden refuses to relinquish her throne as the queen of Cross Country in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State-commit set a new personal record, finishing with a time of 17:32 in her 5K, en route to her fourth Regional Title. The time was a three-second improvement over her Regional time from last year. Walden won by an incredible margin of 53 seconds over the second-place finisher from Bartlesville, Shay Stayton. She was 1:08 ahead of the number three runner. The victory gave Walden her sixth first-place finish this year and 26th for her career.
Along with Alexis Davis, Walden is one of only two runners in the history of Sand Springs Cross Country to qualify for State all four years.
Walden is a three-time Cross Country State Champion and three-time Track State Champion, and will look to build on that when she runs in the State Championship on October 29th. This is Cheyenne's third time being named Sandite of The Week.
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