Velma-Alma on Friday broke a 26-year-old Class A state track meet record in the boys 3,200-meter relay.
The relay squad of Jazz Gayanich, Conner Sullivan, Corbin Byford and Tyler Smith ran a time of 8:12.77, breaking the old mark of 8:17 set by Wakita in 1986.
LADY VIKING RELAY SETS NEW STANDARD
Northeast set a new Class 2A state track meet record in the preliminaries Friday of the 4x100 meter relay.
The relay team of Valentine Smith, Dajha Cobb, Taylor Williams and Trelynn Stevens broke the old record of 49.35 set by Adair in 1980.
The Lady Vikings were competing in Class 3A last season and won the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter relays at the state track meet.
Stevens, a senior, anchors all three relays and has chance to win four state championships Saturday. She also has posted the fastest time in the 200 meters.
Williams, a sophomore, qualified to Saturday's finals in the 100 and 200 meters. Cobb is also in the 100-meter final.
LYNN HURDLES TO NEW RECORD
Velma-Alma's Checotah Lynn broke a 30-year-old record in the preliminaries of the Class A boys 110-meter hurdles.
Lynn's time of 14.44 broke the old mark of 14.61 set in 1982.
THOMAS SEEKS MUCH GOLD SATURDAY
Northeast's Mikey Thomas has a good shot to win four state titles today.
Thomas enters Saturday's Class 2A meet as the favorite in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. He also is on the Vikings' 4x100 meter relay squad.
His coach, Tim Thomas (no relation), was a state champion in 100, 200 and 400 meters for Chickasha in 1986. The Northeast coach still holds state Class 5A track meet records in the 200 (21.09) and 400 (47.75).
FOUR CLASSES, FOUR TITLES?
Northeast and Hennessey girls are expected to battle for the Class 2A state championship Saturday.
The Lady Vikings won the Class 3A crown last year and if they capture a 2A title Saturday, it would mean girls' track coach Lewis Everly would have won state championships in Class 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A with Northeast.
John and Jaren Custer are state champions again. The brother and sister tandem from Sharon-Mutual both were state champions in the shot put last year.
John, a sophomore who also holds a state powerlifting record for age 18 and under at 660 pounds, defended his crown Friday, while Jaren, a senior, won the discus.
Jaren also is the favorite Saturday to repeat her title in the Class A girls shot put.
TONKAWA RELAY STRIKES GOLD AGAIN
Tonkawa won its second consecutive state title in the Class 2A girls 4x800 meter relay Friday.
Chandler Tarrant, Omega Reese and Deborah Means were part of both winning relays. McKenzie Cranford was the only newcomer.
Their time was 9:49.23 was 20 seconds better than second-place Hennessey.
GOING FOR THREE IN A ROW
Two members of Boise City's 1600-meter relay are looking for their third straight state championship Saturday.
Boise City has won the 1600-meter relay in Class A girls the past two years. Baley Gardner and Sam Prather were both part of those winning relays. They will be gunning for their third straight title on Saturday.
TWO WOMAN TEAM FOR OCA
Oklahoma Christian Academy in Edmond only has two girls on the track team, but both made it to Saturday's finals.
Kara Drewke qualified Friday in the 300-meter hurdles, while Anna Taylor made the finals in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. Drewke also runs the 800.
CASTLE SEEKING TO PAD RESUME
Timberlake's Kayla Castle will be seeking her third straight state title Saturday in both hurdle events in Class A. The junior also will be looking for her third consecutive crown as part of Timberlake's sprint relay team.