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All-State week notebook: Norman North's Whitt wins USATF high school pole vault title; Flanders, Session face off in 40-yard dash

Modified: August 1, 2008 at 12:24 am •  Published: August 1, 2008
Speed racer
Following the second of two football practices Thursday at the OU Intramural Fields, a handful of the East and West All-State players lined up to test each other's speed in a 40-yard dash.

The marquee race, which drew the most spectators and likely the fastest two players, was between Midwest City's John Flanders and Tulsa East Central's Kenny Session. Session won the first race, Flanders the next two.

"(Flanders) doesn't even look like he's running hard,” said Dolphin Davis of Tulsa Washington. "He's so smooth and has that long stride. It's like watching Vince Young. I wanna get out there and race just to see what it's like to run against John Flanders.”

Flanders, who has signed with Tulsa, played receiver and cornerback for Midwest City and is a two-time Class 6A state champion in the 400 meters.

•Whitt wins national title: Norman North's Jack Whitt won the USATF high school pole vault national championships Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

Whitt did it with a vault of 16 feet, 9 inches, matching his personal best. He beat out 40 of the nation's best high school vaulters.

In June, Whitt won the USATF state and regional meets to qualify for the Omaha meet.

He figures to go into next season as the nation's top high school pole vaulter.

•Special visit: The All-State football players took photos and visited with several Special Olympics athletes who were guests at Thursday's afternoon practice.

One of the most excited athletes was 16-year-old Timmy Damron of Noble, who even tossed some passes with the All-Staters.

"We adopted him and we've had him for 13 years,” said the boy's father, Bert Damron. "They told us when we got him that he'd never bond with anyone. And he spent the first year hiding under the table crying. He was afraid somebody was going to come take him away. But now he makes friends with everyone. He's done fantastic.”

Timmy has won gold medals in Special Olympics events in Norman and Stillwater.

"He really does good when there are girls around,” laughed Bert.

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