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Sperry Cross Country Team on the Move

Team sports such as football, basketball, softball, baseball and wrestling often earn the lion's share of attention from players and fans.

A well-kept secret is that Sperry HighSchool has a cross country team. The success of that team threatens to let that secret out of the bag.

The Pirate team, in its first year, will run again Saturday at Kiefer. The Regional meet is Oct. 14 at a site to be determined.

The SHS cross country team includes seniors Jace Pratt, Mariah Vann and Dylan Camel, junior Jose Vasquez, sophomores Adrian Hipp and Ethan Foshe, and freshman Hunter Justice.

The Pirates recently competed in a meet at Cleveland. On the boys side, Sperry's Pratt took fifth overall out of 112 competitors, running the five kilometers in a speedy 20 minutes, 19 seconds. Vasquez finished slightly behind, coming in 16th overall in 21:01. Camel was 29th (22:26) and Foshee 62nd (26:15). An injury to Justice prevented the Pirates from gaining team points and a probable second-place finish against teams from the Tulsa Seven Conference.

In the girls division, Hipp placed 41st out of 89 runners, completing 3.2 kilometers in 17:52.

"This is our first year in cross country and we are right there with every team in our conference," says coach Justin Timmerman, who also serves as the SHS baseball coach. "It just shows you we have great athletes here at Sperry."

The team also has run in meets at Henryetta, B.T. Washington and Kiefer.