McAlester's youngest cross country runners showed their potential Thursday at the Early Tiger Cross Country Invitational in Tahleqah, leading the Buffaloes to an eighth-place finish overall.

Freshman Jake Rattan finished first on his team and placed 17th overall out of 133 racers. Rattan completed the 4K, or 2.5-mile, race in 15 minutes, 4.46 seconds.

Isaac Briggs, another freshman, finished second on the team and 51st overall in 16:36.42 Sam Adams, the Buffs' only senior, finished 53rd overall in 16:39.43.

Sophomore Colin Smith finished 66th in 17:27.20. Freshman Matt Rattan rounded out McAlester's top five runners — only the top five in cross country count towards a team score — finishing 71st in 17:49.99

Six other Buffs also completed the 5K, but their finishes didn't count towards McAlester's team score. They were:

• Parker Elliot, sophomore, 83rd, 18:20.52

• Noah Gonzales, freshman, 86th, 18:36.59

• Zach Clayton, junior, 94th, 19:09.99

• Brayden McKelvey, freshman, 102nd, 19:58.84

• Eric Higgins, junior, 105th, 20:07.64

• Nathan Reynolds, freshman, 133rd, 33:33.62

McAlester as a team finished eighth overall with 215 points. Tahlequah won both the boys' and girls' varsity races.

McAlester also had two Lady Buffs compete. Sophomore Madelyn Hunter finished 50th in 22:30.62, and sophomore Ashley Taylor finished 66th in 23:37.71.

The Lady Buffs entered five in the 2,000-meter (1.25 miles) junior high race, giving them a full team and finishing fifth with 149 points. Their racers were:

• Rebecca Briggs, 29th, 11:18.77

• Eden Vaughn, 54th, 13:33.93

• Micayla Walker, 58th, 14:09.68

• Micala Wilson, 69th, 18:58.52

• Tracy Delong, 70th, 19:01.42

The Buffs entered six in the boys' junior high race, finishing sixth with 142 points. Their racers were:

• Cody Norriss, 15th, 8:49.11

• Matt Skinner, 31st, 9:23.30

• Derrick Rodriguez, 38th, 9:56.20

• Ryan Piper, 66th, 11:24.72

• Conner Braswell, 79th, 13:21.11

• Matthew Hyden, 80th, 13:28.24

Woodland won both junior high races. All results taken from

McAlester next competes Saturday at Henryetta.

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