OOLOGAH — Fort Gibson’s Jake Gandara finished second in the Class 4A boys 100-meter dash in 11.23 seconds, then helped the Tigers’ 400 relay to the same finish in the 2A-4A regional meet held here Saturday.
Gandara ran the final leg of the 400 following J.R. Singleton, Cameron Thomas and Zach Peterson and posted a combined time of 45.22. Those four were also third in the 1,600 relay in 3:46.34, all earning automatic spots in the state meet next weekend in Ardmore.
Meanwhile, on the girls side, the Tigers’ Lillian Bear was third in the 3,200 (12:58.70) and the 3,200 relay involving Kirby Parnell, Taylor London, Aspen Burroughs and Hannah Cantrell took third in 10:48.17.
Warner’s girls recorded the highest team finish of local teams, finishing fourth in 2A with state-qualifying performances in middle- and long-distance events.
Brianna Lane, Baylie Short, Morgan Barton and Allie Davis finished second in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 4 minutes, 34.03 seconds. Lane is a freshman, the other three are sophomores who competed with Caitlin Goodson and finished third in the 800 (1:59.69). The 3,200 relay of Davis, Lane, Short and Kelsey Girty was third at 11:45.95.
Girty and Davis will go as individuals as well. Girty was second in the 3,22 (13:56.85) and third in the 1,600 (6:21.51). Davis was third in the 800 (2:43.31).
On the boys’ side, Warner got second in the 110 hurdles with Nate French finishing in 17.67. Gore’s Jacob Johnson was the high jump champion in 2A at 6-0 and Ben Smith was third in the discus (120-6) and shot put (43-6 1/2). Garrett Lehnick got third in the long jump (18-11 3/4).
Hulbert’s Mykala Wynn, who helped the Lady Riders to a state softball berth last week, finished fourth in the 100 (13.36) and will have to wait for a possible at-large berth at state track as will others who placed anywhere from fourth to sixth.
Others facing that fate include: Short of Warner (1:07.22 in the 400), Hulbert’s Meagan Marrs, fourth in the discus (87-7) and shot put (32-10) along with Girty (30-10) who was fifth; Cory Kerr of Hulbert, fifth in the 3,200 (11:55.40), Hulbert’s sixth-place 400 boys relay (Oscar Landaverde, Colby Brown, Chris Vance and Marcus Smith, 48.81), Smith in the long jump (fifth, 18-8), Travis Cook, sixth in the shot put (41-8) and fifth in the discus (114-11), Fort Gibson’s Cameron Thomas (23.73, fifth in the 200) and Porter’s 400 and 800 girls relays (Keelia Menefee, Dominique Thomas, Ry Carter and Jy Carter), sixth in both (57.63 and 2:00.47).
Wagoner tuned up for next week’s 5A regionals by winning both team titles at its own meet Friday.
Two-time 4A state champion Kevin Peterson won both the 100 and 200 in 10.29 and 21.76, then finished second behind teammate Travontae Walters (22 feet, 8 inches) in the high jump at 21-3. Walters got his second field first in the high jump (6-4).
Lateze Clayton and teammate Sheldon Harlin were 1-2 in the discus (130-6 3/4 and 125-6 3/4) and Kerwin Thomas won the 110 hurdles in 15.50 in a 1-2-3 Bulldogs finish that included runner-up Devaughn Clark and third-place Chase Barnett with times of 15.82 and 17.10, respectively.
Wagoner won the 400 relay in 43.24 with Lawrence Evitt, Byron Adams, Thomas and Peterson the legs.
The girls side had firsts in the 400 and 800 relays, a first from Liz Mason in the 100 (12.94), Leah Skiles in the 3,200 (14:58.41), Mercedes Rankin in the 3,200 (49.68), Tori Cole in the 200 (25.46), Amber Williams in the long jump (14-4 5/8) and Angie Craig in the discus (73-5). Mason and Cole ran the relays with Charlieaha Evitt and Arlandria Freeman.
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