ARDMORE — The Class 3A track meet's longest race was decided by the narrowest of margins.
Chandler senior Chris Lowery held off a hard-charging Jordan Masterson of Lincoln Christian to win the 3,200 by eight one-hundredths of a second with a winning time of 10:00.24 on Friday at Ardmore's Noble Stadium.
Friday's gusting winds were toughest on distance runners, who have less momentum to push them through it. The west wind was at runners' backs after the first turn, but would hit them in the face as they came around the third turn.
KOONS, STANFORD TAKE GOLDS
Tuttle's Cooper Koons out-threw the competition for the gold medal in the Class 4A boys discus.
His throw of 152 feet, 7 inches surpassed Idabel's Ricky Galloway, who was the only other thrower to reach 150 feet.
In Class 3A, Perkins-Tryon's Mckenzie Stanford topped the field in the girls high jump, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches.
Beggs' Regan Ward and Plainview's Alex Davis are putting the finishing touches on impressive careers as distance runners this weekend.
Ward is currently the state record holder in the 3,200 meters at 10:38.38, a record Davis set twice in 2012 before Ward claimed at the Meet of Champions last May.
Both girls picked up gold medals Friday, and will be back in action Saturday.
On Friday, Ward won the 3,200 in 3A at 11:13.03, while Davis won 4A at 11:07.52.
BOYS 800 RELAY A SUCCESS IN FIRST YEAR
There will be two state meet records set on Saturday, one in Class 3A and one in 4A — that's a guarantee. For the first time, boys will run an 800-meter relay at state, an event that was added by the OSSAA just prior to the season. Girls have run the event for a long time, but Saturday will be a first for boys at state.
Though a few coaches were hesitant to add another relay — which is worth 20 points to the winner, as opposed to 10 for individual events — the response has been good.
“The coaches like it and the fans love it,” said David Jackson, the OSSAA associate director in charge of track. “For some coaches, it was a strategic issue, but everybody seemed to like it.
“It doesn't last long, and there are some good races. The crowd really liked it today.”
Jackson said some veterans in the track community recalled boys running an 800-yard relay, perhaps in the 1960s, but there haven't been any records of it.
On Friday, Millwood had the best preliminary time at 1:31.47 in the Class 3A race. Bristow posted the best time in 4A at 1:32.65.