The Charles Page High School Cross Country teams started the season this past weekend at the Mid-America Tiger Cross Country Invitational in Pryor. The Boys' team took first place, led by Aden Baughman with a 10:40 time to win the two-mile run.
Baughman, a junior State Qualifier, is coming off a USATF 800-meter National Championship win just under a month ago. Varsity Cross Country meets typically are 5 kilometers, but the two-mile start to the season gave the mid-range runner an advantage for his first win of the season with a five-second margin of victory over the runner-up.
Two other Sandites made the top-five. Ian Baustert took third place with a 10:57 finish and Nelson Yazzie was right behind him in fifth place at 10:58.
Landin Green placed ninth in 11:10, Jaelyn Jackson took 17th place in 11:30, Kaegan Murray placed 23rd in 11:45, and Phillip Elleman placed 24th in 11:46. Ten schools participated in the event and Tahlequah Sequoyah came in runner-up.
The Lady Sandites were led by Tiqvah Soap in 25th place with an 8:09 performance in the 1850-meter run, followed by Sara Abbet in 28th place with an 8:13 performance. Elizabeth Watts placed 31st in 8:24, Stephanie Genn placed 42nd in 8:35, Chezney Kelley placed 46th in 8:43, and Madelynn Adams placed 66th in 9:41. The girls placed seventh out of eight teams. Tahlequah Sequoyah took first place.
The Sandites will return to action Saturday, September 2nd in a Highway 97 rivalry run at Sapulpa. The race will be one mile for the girls and two miles for the boys. It will be held at the Sapulpa Westside Sports Complex