Class A state track: Velma-Alma's Checotah Lynn sets higher goals

Saturday, at Carl Albert, he'll be aiming to better his own record.
by Trent Shadid Published: May 3, 2013
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photo - Velma-Alma's Checotah Lynn leads teammate Robert Suttles in the Class A boys 110m hurdles during the Class A and 2A state championship track meet at Carl Albert High School on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Midwest City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Velma-Alma's Checotah Lynn leads teammate Robert Suttles in the Class A boys 110m hurdles during the Class A and 2A state championship track meet at Carl Albert High School on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Midwest City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

MIDWEST CITY — As the records keep falling, Checotah Lynn continues to set higher goals. The senior from Velma-Alma has dominated the Class A competition in every event he's competed in.

Last year, Lynn won state titles in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, and pole vault. He broke a 30-year-old state record in the 110-meter hurdles in the preliminaries, only to break it again the next day in the finals.

On Saturday at Carl Albert, he'll be aiming to better his own record and put another in his name.

“My goal is get that 100-meter (hurdles) record down to 13.8 or 13.7 and then look to set the 300-meter record as well,” Lynn said.

In the preliminaries on Friday, Lynn ran a time of 14.24 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and a 41.91 in the 300-meter hurdles. But he insists those times are considerably less than what he'll be putting up in the finals on Saturday.

“I'm just going to qualify (on Friday), and then really give it all I've got on Saturday in the finals,” Lynn said.

Lynn is also competing in the 800-meter relay, picking up the event this year after dropping the pole vault.

“I had a choice to either drop pole vault or one of the hurdles,” Lynn said. “Last year, my teammate, Austin Dennis, was second in pole vault, so I thought I'll drop that and he can win it. It's about whatever is best for the team.”

The move paid off for the Comets on Friday as Dennis did just that. Clearing 14-feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault title.

Velma-Alma currently sits in third place in the team race with 16 points, four points behind leader Cherokee heading into Saturday's action at Carl Albert.

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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