The top-ranked Mustang Broncos fell short of capturing the regional championship by the slimmest of margins.
Mustang scored 51 points to lead the Class 6A regional meet along with No. 5 Edmond Memorial.
However, the Broncos lost a tiebreaker to the Bulldogs to finish second overall at Wild Horse Park on Saturday – an effort more than fast enough for a spot in the 6A state championship meet.
All five of Mustang’s placers finished inside the top-20, including a trio of Broncos inside the top-10.
Cameron Langdon (So.) led the way in fifth place overall, finishing with a time of 17:10.89. Carson Patten (Jr.) followed just behind in sixth place with a time of 17:11.45. Dylan Chaoomchaisiri (Sr.) cracked the top-10 as well, finishing 10th with a time of 17:30.53.
Noah Thayer (Fr.) and Ryan Cable (Jr.) rounded out the team’s scorers and cracked the 18-minute mark.
Thayer placed 13th with a time of 17:35.49 while Cable placed 17th with a time of 17:48.31.
Jacoby Nance (Sr.) and Luke Balliew (Jr.) finished as the team’s displacers, each placing inside the top-50 with times under 20 minutes.
Nance placed 49th overall with a time of 19:10.62 while Balliew finished 50th with a time of 19:14.78.
Overall, the team finished with a time of 1:27:17 and a top-five average of 17:27.33. The Broncos finished 10 points clear of third-place Deer Creek.
Edmond Memorial finished with a team time of 1:27:04 and the team’s two displacers finished 27th and 42nd.
Mustang now turns its focus to the Class 6A state championship meet this Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe. The Broncos are among the favorites to contend for the top spot on the podium.
The 6A boys race starts at 9:15 a.m. followed by the girls and boys award ceremonies at 10 a.m.