Class 5A state track meet: Deer Creek locks up two titles

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.
by Scott Wright Published: May 17, 2014
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photo - Deer Creek's Jessica Holley competes in the Class 5A girls high jump during the Class 6A and 5A state championship track meet at Yukon High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Yukon, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Deer Creek's Jessica Holley competes in the Class 5A girls high jump during the Class 6A and 5A state championship track meet at Yukon High School on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Yukon, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

— 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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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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