The Grove Cross Country teams opened the season at Pryor this past Saturday with encouraging results.
In the boys race, Jace Getz led the Ridgerunners placing third overall out of 118 runners from Class 6A and below.
Getz trailed only two runners at the finish by 10 seconds, both from Class 6A Tulsa Union.
Getz finished the two mile course in a time of 11:09.
Junior Dakota Rickey, running in his first career Cross Country race, was the second Ridgerunner to cross placing 28th in a time of 12:24.
Rickey was followed by RaShawn Harding in 39th, Ryan McAbee in 46th, Dalton Davis in 61st, Logan Yurko in 62nd and Zach Robinson in 107th.
The Ridgerunner boys' team placed fourth overall in the team standings out of a total of 12.
The Lady Ridgerunners followed suit as Rory Geer also placed third in the 1800 meter race.
Geer, led the first half mile but was unable to hold the lead getting passed by a runner from Lincoln Christian and Providence School of Arkansas.
Geer, however, ran the course in 6:54, improving her time from last year by 30 seconds.
She ran the same course in 2018 in a time of 7:24.
Following close behind was senior Eraya Elder finishing in an impressive fifth place in a time of 7:14.
Katelynn Cohea placed 20th, Kayle Bearpaw 22nd, Janamay Corothers 44th, Sade Monfort 50th, Valarie Riley 51st, and Danielle Kelly 77th out of 90 runners in the girls' race.
The Lady Ridgerunners placed 3rd overall in the team standings behind Lincoln Christian and Providence.
In the Junior High boys race Jackson Kernan exemplified courage and perseverance.
After losing his shoe as the gun went off to start the race, he blazed to a third place finish despite running the entire race with only one shoe.
On a side note, Coach Brumley instructed Jackson on the proper way for a runner to lace their shoes!
In the Junior High girls race, Borin Arnold was the first Lady Ridgerunner to cross the finish line placing ninth out of 41 runners.
The cross country teams will travel to Owasso on Thursday, August 30th.
Races will start with the high school girls six mile relay at 3:30 p.m..