The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 3, 2013

EHS’ Resendiz, Berge top-50, Wallace sub-18:00 at state

Enid News & Eagle

EDMOND, Okla. — Enid’s three entrants at the Class 6A state cross country championships ended their season on a high note Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Abby Resendiz was 37th in the girls race with a time of 12:48, while teammate Tyler Berge was 49th in 12:54. It was the first time this season they finished the two-mile course in under 13 minutes.

Garrett Wallace was 70th in the boys race with a time of 17:46, the first time he’s been under 18 minutes over the 5K (3.1 mile) course.

“The kids had great performances,’’ said Enid coach Joe Miranov. “I think they were really motivated and wanted to represent their team well. They didn’t want to leave any doubt that they gave it their best performance. You want to have your best time at the last meet. That’s what we were shooting for.”

Resendiz will get her car back from her parents after beating her best time of the season (13:12).

“I’m OK with it,’’ she said. “It’s not the best time I could have gotten, but it’s all right. The motivational words we got from coach Miranov were great. It pushed us to do our best.’’

Berge got an emotional lift from former teammate Holly Stuart, who took time off from her studies at the Colorado School of Mines to see her run. Berge’s previous best time had been a 13:23.

“She really surprised me,’’ Berge said. “I saw her about 10 minutes before the race and that got me really excited. It was awesome that I was able to run my best time with people from home watching. I’m excited how it ended and I’m very proud of what I accomplished.’’

Wallace’s previous best time had been a 18:01 on the same course Oct. 4. Miranov had a set a goal of him going in the 17:30-17:45 range.

“I ran pretty well,’’ he said. “It (time) was about where I wanted it to be. I just tried to stick with the people ahead of me and pass people. It was fun to go to state and compete. It was a good way to end the season.’’

All three will be back next season.

“We’ll be back with a full team next year,” Miranov said. “I think those three will provide leadership for the upcoming year. I think it will carry over for Garrett and Tyler in track and it’s going to give Abby some good self-esteem going into soccer.”