ANACOCO — Arguably one of the best distance runners in the area, Anacoco senior Sydney Staples will get the opportunity to compete at the next level.

ANACOCO — Arguably one of the best distance runners in the area, Anacoco senior Sydney Staples will get the opportunity to compete at the next level.

Staples recently inked a scholarship offer from Bacone College, the oldest continually operated institution of higher education in Oklahoma, where she will be a member of the school's cross country program.

Staples was a 3-sport athlete at Anacoco High School, having played basketball for the Lady Indians, while also being a member of both the cross country and track squads.

Staples was a member of the Lady Indian basketball team, which reached the Ladies Top 28 in 2016, while also seeing considerable playing time the prior couple of seasons.

However, as a senior, she focused primarily on her exploits in both cross country and track and field.

And it paid off in a big way.

Staples finished on the medal stand in the Class B state cross country meet in Natchitoches in November of 2016, taking the bronze medal, her highest finish at the state competition in her career.

Once track and field started, Staples was a threat to medal in several events, including the javelin, distance races and even in relays.

Staples, a former state champion in the javelin, qualified for the Class B state meet earlier this month in four events — javelin, 800 meters, 3,200 meters and the mile relay.

She claimed third place overall in the 800-meter run, while also being a part of the third-place mile relay team. Additionally, she was fourth in the 3,200-meter run and fifth overall in the girls' javelin.

Staples is the daughter of Steven and Christy Staples.

Located in Muskogee, the school was founded in 1880 and has strong historic ties to both the Cherokee Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.