MOORE — With temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, and hardly any wind, conditions on Friday were prime for record breaking at the Class 3A-4A state track meets at Moore Stadium.
And the athletes delivered.
In all, six state meet records were broken on Friday out of the 22 events that were completed.
“We usually have to run in the wind, and it’s hard running in the wind,” said Diamond Powdrill, who was on Okmulgee’s record-setting 800-meter relay team. “It was hot. I’m glad it was like this today.”
Five of the records were set in Class 3A, including an impressive long jump performance by Atoka’s Makayla Stephens.
Not only did she defeat defending champion Shelby Shepard of Heritage Hall, but Stephens also jumped 17 inches farther than her season-best jump of 17-11 at regionals last week, setting the new mark at 19-4 1/2.
Shepard came in second with her first competitive jump over 18 feet — and also a foot farther than her gold medal jump of 17-3 a year ago.
Two records were broken courtesy of Henryetta distance runners.
Henryetta’s Colton Green set the meet record in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:36.37, and the Henryetta girls 3,200 relay team won with a record-setting time of 9:33.07.
“I looked up (the record) and I knew it was 9:37,” said Green, a junior. “I was just trying to win. That was the main thing. I was a little tired, but I was happy I got it.”
Records fell in three of the final four events of the day, the 800 relay.
The Lone Grove boys set the 3A meet record at 1:31.52, and Mannford set the 4A meet record at 1:29.82.
While the boys have only been running the event at state since last spring, the girls have been running it much longer, evident in the 33-year-old record that Okmulgee broke.
Okmulgee’s time of 1:44.24 wasn’t the team’s best time of the year, but it was 0.65 of a second better than Hobart’s previous record, set in 1981.
“Our fastest time this year was a 1:43. We knew we could beat the record,” Powdrill said. “We just had to go out there and run our fastest splits, and we knew we could get it.”
On the other hand, Lone Grove’s boys didn’t even know what the state meet record was, until they were standing on the medals podium and it was announced that they had broken it.
“We ran a 1:32 before, but this was our best by far,” said Jeremy Lewis. “We weren’t even thinking about breaking the record.
“It’s great though. I’m so happy, I can’t even stop smiling.”