Someone close to the Edmond Memorial girls track team felt pretty confident in the Bulldogs’ chances of repeating as the Class 6A state track champions Saturday at Yukon.
By the time the Memorial girls took the podium to receive their team trophy, they’d already been handed T-shirts announcing them as the 2014 champions.
“We felt pretty good coming into today. I mean, we have T-shirts already that say ‘State Champions.’ But we had to stay humble and keep working hard,” said junior Rhandi Jackson, who was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that won to give Memorial the last of its 148 points — more than twice that of second-place Edmond North at 68.
“It’s just amazing to see all the hard work our team put in. It’s been a long process to be back-to-back state champions and it’s just amazing.”
The title was Memorial’s third in the last four years, and this one came on the backs of a strong set of sprinters and distance runners for coach Tim Grantham.
The same group of sprinters who won the 800 relay on Friday added a 400 relay title on Saturday. Morganne Mukes, Ricki Scheef, Kelsie Shanks and Mia Mukes won with a time of 47.74.
Mia Mukes added gold in the 400 with a winning time of 55.56 and earned her fourth gold medal as the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay, along with Jackson, Scheef and Tess O’Connor.
But there wasn’t much time to celebrate for Memorial’s seniors, who had to be at their graduation ceremony by 6 p.m.
The Edmond Memorial boys were in good shape to pull off their own state championship, until the final 150 meters of the 1,600 relay, when Jenks was able to pass them and clinch the title.
The Bulldogs still took second, thanks to a couple of individual golds on Saturday.
David G. Smith won the discus at 161-11 and Micah Fontaine won the 110 hurdles in 14.37, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Edmond North’s Mark Sharpton at 14.38.
WOOD GETS LONG JUMP THREE-PEAT
Putnam City’s Schuyler Wood earned her third straight gold medal in the long jump.
The OU signee set a personal best record of 17 feet, 7 1/2 inches on her second of five final-round jumps. On Friday, Wood was second in the high jump at 5-6. She also made the finals in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing second Saturday.
EDMOND NORTH GIRLS 1-2 IN 100, 200
Edmond North’s Jade Patton repeated as the 100-meter champion with a time of 11.70 seconds, with teammate Quin Patterson, a Tulsa signee, second at 12.24.
And in the 200, Patton and Patterson went 1-2 again, with Patton at 24.19 and Patterson at 24.92.
PC NORTH’S NELSON SWEEPS HURDLES
Last year, Putnam City North’s Courtney Nelson watched Lawton Eisenhower’s Kiarra Jones win gold medals in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, with Nelson finishing second and third, respectively.
But Nelson reversed it on Saturday.
Nelson won the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.76, with Edmond Santa Fe’s Emily Hart second at 14.91. The 300 hurdles weren’t quite so close, with Nelson posting a winning time of 43.76, ahead of defending champion Kiarra Jones of Lawton Eisenhower at 45.11.
NORMAN NORTH’S WALLACE WINS TWICE
Reigning cross country champion Belle Wallace of Norman North closed her high school career with a pair of track gold medals.
Wallace, an OU signee, won the 800-meter gold medal with a time of 2:13.99, as well as the 1,600 meters at 5:07.68.
On the boys side, Ben Barrett, also a cross country champion, won the 1,600 Saturday at 4:16.87.
400 RELAY RECORD FALLS
Twenty years ago, Tulsa Washington’s 400-meter relay team set the 6A state meet record with a time of 41.21. On Saturday, another Tulsa Washington foursome overtook the throne.
The team of Malik Givens, Myles Tease, Rasha McKnight and Arlando Brewer won the event with a time of 41.04.
ACADEMIC WINNERS HONORED
Stillwater was named the Class 6A girls academic champion with a team grade-point average of 4.0. Moore won the boys award with a 3.910 GPA.
* Norman’s Marisa Fleck won the discus by nearly six feet with a throw of 140-1.
* Choctaw’s Kurt Yandell won the 400 with a time of 48.66.
* Midwest City’s Caleb Corprew ran the best 300 hurdle time of the year, winning at 38.07.
* Stillwater’s Ty Smith won the closest race of the day, edging Jenks’ Brett Tye by two one-thousandths of a second in the 200 meters. Smith won with a 21.732.