In the pursuit of a double-repeat, the Deer Creek boys and girls got off to a good start at the Class 5A state track meet Friday at Yukon High School.
The two-time defending champion Deer Creek boys scored 32 points in the six events that were completed Friday, for an eight-point lead over McGuinness and Ardmore.
The Deer Creek girls, looking for their second straight title, scored 34 for a 10-point lead on Carl Albert.
There are 11 events to be completed on Saturday.
Edmond Memorial boys score early
With victories in the 3,200-meter relay and the shot put, Edmond Memorial took an early advantage in the Class 6A boys team race.
Jordan Weltzheimer’s shot put throw of 55 feet, 4 inches, was good for a gold medal by more than a foot. The distance relay team of David Lytle, Ryan Nielson, Grey Howard and Harrison Pierce combined for a narrow victory with a time of 7:59.04.
The Bulldogs’ 48 total points on Friday was good for second place heading into the final day. Jenks leads with 60.
Santa Fe’s Hunter repeats in high jump
Same jumper, same height, another gold medal.
Just like last year, Edmond Santa Fe’s Josiah Hunter won the 6A high jump with a height of 6-8. Only one other competitor, Dervon Hill of Westmoore, cleared 6-6.
Boys cross country champs take 3,200 titles
In a repeat of cross country season, Norman North’s Ben Barrett and Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen were the top boys distance runners on Friday.
Barrett won the 6A title in the 3,200 meters at 9:27.37. Balenseifen took gold in the 5A event at 10:00.77.
Freshman Dial, three others break meet records
There’s no questioning who will be the favorite for the next three years in the 6A boys pole vault.
Jenks freshman Tommy Dial cleared 17-1 to set a new 6A state meet record. He beat the mark of 17-0 previously held by Norman’s Jack Whitt. Whitt still holds the overall state record of 17-10 3/4.
Dial’s closest competitors on Friday topped out at 14-6.
In Class 5A’s 3,200-meter run, Grove’s Michaela Werner destroyed a 28-year-old meet record, posting a winning time of 11:10.47, over 16 seconds better than the old mark.
And both of the boys 800 relay meet records fell Friday in an event that has only been run in the boys state meet since last year.
Lawton MacArthur broke the 5A record at 1:27.16. And Jenks broke the 6A record, which it already held, at 1:26.22.
Here are other Oklahoma City-area athletes who won gold medals Friday
* With a throw more than two feet better than a year ago, Midwest City’s Paige Houston repeated as 6A shot put champion, throwing 44-6 to win.
* Piedmont’s Bre Davis’ throw of 139-6 was good for 5A gold.
* The Shawnee team of Paige Hughes, Moe Tramble, Emmy Davies and Kelsey Simmons won the 3,200 relay in 9:46.16.
* Hayley Redwine of Norman edged a very competitive 6A field in the 3,200, winning by just over a second at 11:17.30.