YUKON — Deer Creek’s time as a Class 5A school might be limited, but the Antler track teams are going out strong.
The fast-growing community on the west side of Edmond could be destined for 6A as soon as next year. But that’s in the future.
Deer Creek has now produced five Class 5A track and field championships in the last three years, with the boys team winning its third straight and the girls team winning its second in a row Saturday at Yukon High School.
“It’s kind of hard to believe,” Deer Creek boys coach David Riden said. “We have kids who are hungry and ready to step in. Our seniors and juniors and the ones who graduate do a good job of setting the bar and preparing them.”
And both teams had their championships sealed up before the start of the 1,600-meter relay, the event’s final race.
The Deer Creek girls used their depth and individual successes to score 110 points, with Shawnee coming in second at 59.
Deer Creek’s Jade Orange won the 100 meters in 12.22 seconds, and Sheridan Snyder won the 800 in 2:22.92. Those were the Antlers’ only gold medals the entire weekend, yet they seemed to be scoring in virtually every event, especially the relays.
“I know a lot of people didn’t think we’d be able to pull it off, but we did,” senior Lillie Martin said. “It’s an underdog type thing, but we like it like that.
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