Class 3A/4A state track notebook: Big day for Purcell pair

Cole Swayze closed his career with four medals — two golds, a silver and a bronze — while Katy Whitekiller surprised everyone, including herself, with a record-setting pole vault.
by Scott Wright Modified: May 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012
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One Purcell Dragon set a record, and another went out with a bang.

Cole Swayze closed his career with four medals — two golds, a silver and a bronze — while Katy Whitekiller surprised everyone, including herself, with a record-setting pole vault.

Whitekiller set the Class 4A state meet record at 11 feet, 9 inches on her first attempt at the height, but the junior wasn't finished. In her next two attempts, she cleared 12-0 and 12-3. After missing twice at 12-6, she passed on her final attempt to save some strength for the 800-meter relay, which was held shortly after she finished vaulting.

“This is extremely exciting, especially since I'm a junior, and there's no telling what I can do next year if I keep working,” she said.

Whitekiller had never attempted a vault with the longer pole she used to set the new 4A state meet record at 12-3.

Swayze won gold medals in the 200 (22.40) and the 400 relay (42.87), adding silver in the 400 and bronze in the 1,600 relay.

“It feels great after everything I've been through in the last four years,” said Swayze, who will run track at Oklahoma Baptist next year. “To get two gold medals, it really feels good.”

Chandler's Lowery adds two more

Chandler distance specialist Chris Lowery added two more gold medals to the one he picked up Friday, winning both the 800 and 1,600 meters in the 3A meet Saturday.

Lowery won the 3,200-meter run on Friday, then took the 800 in 1:57.64 and finished up with the 1,600 with a winning time of 4:35.60.

Morgan doubles up

Just like a year ago, Centennial's Audrianna Morgan came away with two sprint gold medals.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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