When the final event of the day began, Anadarko’s fate was simple: win the 1,600-meter relay and win the Class 4A team championship.
Despite falling behind Plainview early in the race, the Warriors rallied for the win, and thus, the team title in 4A boys track Saturday at Moore Stadium.
The 1,600 relay win gave Anadarko 78 points, while Plainview finished with 77.
Needing at least a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 relay, the Plainview girls got exactly that to win the Class 4A title. Plainview finished with 105 points with Vinita in second at 101.
Class 3A had less drama. Henryetta sealed the girls title when Daisy VanMeter won the 1,600 meters in 5:22.68. Henryetta added a second-place finish in the 1,600 relay for 104 points, with Okmulgee second at 75.
Marlow, which piled up points in field events — including a 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault — had also clinched the 3A boys title before the final event of the day took the track.
In fact, Marlow wasn’t in the 1,600 relay, but the Outlaws still finished with 71 points and the title.
Heritage Hall’s 1,600 relay team was declared the winner after Chisholm was disqualified, boosting the Chargers into second place as a team with 58 points.
Chisholm won the race by a second or more, but was disqualified because the first runner stepped outside of his lane.
“It feels kind of weird, since they got disqualified,” Heritage Hall’s Kellen Stadler said. “They beat us. But we’ll take it. It was a surprise to us when they announced it. We thought we were second.
“That was one of our best times. I’m glad we did it. We worked hard all season and we’ve got a great team.”
DOUGLASS’ HUMPHREY WINS 800
Kansas signee Anthonio Humphrey of Douglass repeated as the 4A state champion in the 800 meters.
Humphrey won with a time of 1:54.70, holding off a late charge from Sallisaw’s Sinue Rodriguez, who was second at 1:55.35.
Humphrey had been out with an injury for much of the season, only getting cleared to run two weeks before state.
SEMINOLE’S PAPI WHITE WINS LONG JUMP WITH EASE
Papi White showed off the explosive leg strength that helped him lead the state in rushing yards per game last fall.
The Seminole star and Ohio football signee won the 4A long jump by nearly two feet with a jump of 23-7 3/4. Bethany’s Dalton Stout was second at 21-11 1/2.
HURDLES NO HURDLE FOR ANADARKO’S KAPPELLE
Typically, the guy knocking over all the hurdles isn’t going to be the one crossing the finish line first.
Anadarko’s Dakota Kappelle isn’t your typical hurdler. Kappelle hit nine of the 10 hurdles in the Class 4A 110-meter race but still came from behind to win the gold medal with a time of 15.24 seconds.
Kappelle said he usually hits about nine hurdles every race. And it’s hard to argue with his strategy. He’s won nine races in a row.
“If you go too high, you’re floating and you start losing speed,” Kappelle said. “I try to get lower, and the lower I get, I start hitting hurdles. I focus on power, getting down on the ground, not wasting time in the air.
“It works for me.”
Kappelle nearly won the 300 hurdles because of another runner’s problems with a hurdle. Plainview’s McKenna Ray stumbled over the final hurdle, rolling toward the finish line.
Kappelle charged toward the line, but Ray was able to hurl his body over the line just .12 of a second ahead of Kappelle with a winning time of 39.53.
ACADEMIC AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Heritage Hall and Pauls Valley girls were honored as academic state champions in 3A and 4A respectively.
The Heritage Hall girls won the award with a team grade-point average of 3.883. Pauls Valley’s girls had a GPA of 3.990.
Chisholm won the 3A boys award with a 3.929 GPA and Lincoln Christian took the top spot in 4A boys with a 3.997 GPA.
ANOTHER MEET RECORD FALLS
After seeing six state meet records broken Friday, Henryetta’s Aundrea Hamric added another on Saturday.
Hamric won the 400 meters in 56.93 seconds, breaking the previous record of 57.30, which had stood since 2007.
Hamric picked up three gold medals in all, winning the 800 meters and the 3,200 relay.