CLAREMORE — With three of the top 10 runners and five of the top 17, Miami captured the Verdigris Valley Conference cross country meet Monday, Oct. 9, at Claremore Sequoyah.

The Wardogs finished with 54 points, nosing out host Sequoyah by three points.

Unlike in other sports, in cross country, the team with the fewest points is the winner.

“We’re getting better every meet,” Miami coach David Douthit said. “Hopefully it will continue Saturday at regionals.”

The Wardogs travel to Henryetta for regional competition Saturday, Oct. 14.

Miami’s top five runners’ total time over the 5K course was 1:46.51.

Sequoyah’s total time was 1:47.53.

Jay was third with 65 points, followed by Wagoner with 75 and Catoosa with 96.

“It wasn’t the best of conditions,” Douthit said. “A little shower hit right before, then the sun came out and made it worse.”

Sequoyah was 21st, Jay 23rd and Wagoner 25th in the latest Oklahoma Track Coaches Association rankings.

Jaden Shotpouch of Jay was first with a time of 20:00.0 while Jacob Cantrell of Wagoner clocked in at 20:10.9.

Andrew Acupan had Miami’s best time, 20:23.4, good for third place.

Kolton Browning of Miami was eighth at 20:49.2 and Ryan Hackett finished 10th at 21:23.6.

Chris Goad was 16th and teammate Bo Smith placed 17th.

The Dogs’ Matt Allen was 18th and Trevor Bunce 29th.