By John Martin
SAND SPRINGS — Led by defending state 6A champion Gabe Simonsen, the Mustang Broncos captured the championship of the 6A cross country regional qualifying meet at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs on Saturday.
The Lady Broncos finished fourth in the team race and will join the boys squad in Saturday’s OSSAA Championships at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Following the Broncos in the team standings were Tulsa Union, Bartlesville and Broken Arrow.
Simonsen continued his late season surge toward the magic 15-minute mark with a winning time of 16:25.64 to give the Beasts from the East of what they can expect next week in Edmond.
In the Mustang junior’s wake were Spencer Hales of Bartlesville in 16:45.85, Andrew Lafitte of Jenks in 16:59.32 and Jaxson Leming of Broken Arrow in 17:07.11.
Joining Simonsen on the podium were No. 10 Brenden Robeaux in 17:23.64 and No. 15 Kyle Bussell in 17:38.88. All three received Top-15 individual medals. Also gaining points for the team were No. 18 Colton Cable in 17:50.3 and Gunnar Sroczynski in 17:54.01.
Displacers headed for State are Jaxson Pearson and Andrew Waller.
Lakyn Webb took her usual place at the top of the squad for the Lady Broncos with a No. 6 finish in 20:40.66 to also gain a top-15 medal.
Scoring points for the Mustang Ladies were No. 27 Katie Jones in 21:56.79, No. 30 Elaina Hinkle in 22:03.88, No. 31 Alexis Ray in 22:04.10 and No. 39 Alex Butler in 22:25.06. Joining the team at state will be displacers Annastyn Stanley and Aisha Leonard.
Jenks, Owasso and Sapulpa finished ahead of Mustang in the team standings.