Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

December 24, 2012

Headed to Norman

Tahlequah’s three-time state champion Jessica Hembree commits to OU.


The Hembree file

A look back at Jessica Hembree’s cross country career at Tahlequah High School


• After rehabbing a leg injury, Hembree returns to competition in early October at the Metro Lakes Conference meet.

• Hembree finishes first at the Metro Lakes Conference meet.

• Hembree wins her third regional title in four years, easily beating Grove’s Michaela Werner at Oral Robert University.

• Hembree wins the Class 5A state championship, beating Metro Christian’s Kelsey McKee by 14 seconds (11:48 to 12:02). Hembree wins her third individual title in four years.


• Hembree claims regular-season titles at the Early Tiger Cross Country Invitational in Tahlequah, the Tiger Invitational in Tahlequah and the Metro Lakes Conference meet in Coweta.

• Hembree beats Coweta’s Christi Dougherty for her second straight regional crown.

• Closing in on her third straight state championship, Hembree suffers a severe leg injury 50 yards from the finish line. Hembree was unable to finish the state meet.


• Hembree wins regular-season titles at the Tiger Invitational in Tahlequah and the Metro Lakes Conference meet in Collinsville.

• Hembree fell short of regular-season crowns at Tahlequah’s early•season meet and the Owasso meet.

• Almost finishing a full minute ahead of Dougherty, Hembree wins her first regional title.

• Hembree, again, beats Dougherty to win the state crown.


• Hembree’s first career victory comes at home in a nine-second win over Union’s Sarah Daggett in the Early Tiger Invitational in Tahlequah.

• Only time in her career that Hembree fails to win a regional championship. As a freshman, Hembree finished behind Collinsville’s Jenny Dyer.

• Hembree rebounds from the regional meet to top Dougherty by 12 seconds to win her first state championship.

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