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Class 5A state track: Deer Creek girls, boys win team titles

Kirsten Burnett raced to a second-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay, which was good enough to give Deer Creek its first girls track state championship Saturday at Yukon High School.
by Scott Wright Published: May 11, 2013
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photo - Deer Creek's Kirsten Burnett takes the handoff from teammate Jessie Heiden to win the girl's 5A 4 X 100 relay during the 5A and 6A State Track Meet in Yukon, OK, Saturday, May 11, 2013,  By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
Deer Creek's Kirsten Burnett takes the handoff from teammate Jessie Heiden to win the girl's 5A 4 X 100 relay during the 5A and 6A State Track Meet in Yukon, OK, Saturday, May 11, 2013, By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

In all, the Deer Creek boys won three relays, and Bryce Balenseifen won both the 3,200 and 1,600 runs, while helping on the 3,200 relay.

They took the top two spots in the 110 hurdles, with Kale Jackson's time of 14.74 coming in just ahead of teammate Landon Huslig at 14.81. Huslig turned around and won the 300 hurdles in 38.55, with Jackson third.

The girls team didn't claim as much gold as the boys, but won the title with balance, by scoring in multiple events to finish with 101.5 points. Shawnee was second with 96.

The girls won the 400 relay in 49.09, and Burnett repeated her 100-200 double. She won the 100 meters in a time of 12.15 seconds and followed it up with a 200-meter win in 24.79.

Most impressively, Deer Creek graduates very few seniors off either team, so this could be the start of a strong run for the Antler programs.

“We've got young kids on each team that are getting to enjoy this, being mentored, and learning how to be champions,” Riden said. “It's such a good closing for some and a good building block for others. It's just great.”

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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