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Okeechobee boys cross country season ends at regionals

Kaleb Thomas, from the Brighton Reservation, wrapped up his high school cross country career Nov. 2 at the Class 3A-Region 4 meet in Stuart.

Thomas, the only senior on the Okeechobee High boys cross country team, improved his time by nearly a full minute compared to his mark in the district meet.

He finished regionals in 21:39 (91st out of 123). A week earlier his time was 22:32 (85th place) in districts.

Although Thomas’s high school cross country career has ended, Okeechobee has two other younger runners fwith Seminole connections.

The Tribe was represented on Okeechobee High boys cross country team this fall as senior Kaleb Thomas, above, and sophomore Dakota Entry, below, competed for the Brahmans. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School grad Jace Brown turned in a strong showing at regionals with a time of 21:12, which was good enough for second on the team and he was the fourth fastest freshman in the entire race.

He finished regionals with the exact same time as he did in districts.

Also, sophomore Seminole Dakota Entry, who did not run in regionals, finished in 25:19 in districts.

As a team, Okeechobee finished ninth out of 11 teams in districts and 14th out of 17 in regionals.

Nobody from the boys squad qualified for the state finals.

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