Sapulpa Junior High boys and girls cross country teams are wrapping up a very successful season.
The girls have been led this season by two 7th graders, Stailee Heard and Ella Chaffin. Stailee, a newcomer and first year runner in the program has finished in the top 5 of the majority of her races. Ella has finished in the top 10 in most races. The Sapulpa girls have also had great finishes and production from the 6th grade girls as well. Taylor Bilby, a 6th grader, won many 6th grade races and also medaled in the two races in which she competed against 7th and 8th graders. Stailee, Ella, and Taylor all made the Frontier Valley all-conference team. There are twenty-six 6th-8th grade girls that were a part of the Sapulpa Junior High Girls Cross Country Program this year.
The Sapulpa Junior High boys team has had one of its most successful seasons in its history. Led by Mason Quinton and Evan Quinton, the junior high boys have finished 1st or 2nd in every race this season, coming up a bit short behind Jenks in many of their races. That changed on Tuesday, October 10th, when the Sapulpa Junior High boys, went to conference at Bacone College and brought the Frontier Valley Conference Championship home to Sapulpa. They scored a point total of 29 points, winning by a 20 point margin. The boys were again led by the Quinton brothers, with Mason finishing second and Evan fifth. The boys also had AJ Jernegan, a 6th grader, Edgar Borjas, Brendan Gomez, and Wyatt Daniels claim medals and finish in the top 15 at conference. All six of these athletes made the Frontier Valley all-conference team and were leaders and constant point scorers throughout the season. There were 34 6th -8th grade boys that were a part of the Sapulpa Junior High boys Cross Country program this year.
Coach Jeremy Lusk, the Sapulpa Junior high head coach said the following:
“I couldn’t be more proud of all of these student athletes. Any time you watch young people achieve goals, grow as a team, and grow as young people, you can’t help but smile from ear to ear. Coach Debbie Williams, the head coach of the program deserves a lot of credit for her leadership over the Sapulpa Cross Country Program. We also have the best administration, community, and parental support system. They help support our athletes by constantly encouraging them. In the end, these 60 middle school and junior high athletes have put many miles in since mid-June. They did the work and ran the races. They deserve all of the credit.”
See photos from this year below. The Sapulpa Junior High girls and boys team have one more race, October 20th, at the Junior High All Star Race in Oklahoma City.