Tahlequah Daily Press

October 25, 2013

Sequoyah cross country teams hoping for 3A gold

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com



Sequoyah’s postseason performance arc is something to behold.

After missing the Class 3A state cross country meet in 2011 and finishing 11th at state last season, the Sequoyah girls are considered one of the favorites to bring home the 3A gold in 2013.

“It should be a three-team race between Marlow, Marietta and us for first place,” Sequoyah coach Sam Horsechief said. “We also have three with a chance of placing in the top 15 in Kayla Davis, Kyla Holmes and Taylor Henry.”

So where did Sequoyah’s overnight success come from?

“(Assistant coach) Amanda Little helped and the girls ran a lot this summer,” Horsechief said. “They put in a lot of miles. That’s how they go so much better.”

At last weekend’s regional meet, which Sequoyah won, Davis claimed the silver medal at 12:40. Holmes was fourth at 12:46, and Henry (13:15) crossed the finish line in ninth place.

Horsechief raved about his top three runners leading up the state meet, which will be at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee on Saturday.

“Taylor is our only senior, and she knocked a minute off her time from running all summer,” Horsechief said. “Kyla is a freshman who came out of nowhere. We didn’t know anything about her, but she sprung up out of nowhere and has done really well this year.

“Kayla is a team captain, along with Taylor. She’s more of a track runner in the 400, but she wanted to be an All-Stater in cross country. She has a good chance on Saturday, and I told her not many 400 girls end up being All-Staters in cross country, but she had a good chance.”

As for the Sequoyah boys, the Indians appear to be in a four-team race for 3A gold, Horsechief said.

“It should be Riverside, Marlow, Kansas and Sequoyah,” said Horsechief, whose boys are making their 27th straight appearance as a team at the state meet. “Likely could be a four-team race with Kansas having the edge right now.”

The Comets landed the regional title last weekend, sending Sequoyah to second place. And Horsechief had a feeling that might happen.

“They just flat out worked us,” Horsechief said. “Kansas worked a lot in the summer, and that’s what I told the boys. We still have another chance at (Kansas), and I told our team, ‘who knows that can happen.’”