Hennessey's girls won their third consecutive Class 2A state track title Saturday, easily outdistancing second-place Tonkawa.
The Hennessey boys made it a sweep by also winning the title. Velma-Alma's boys also won their third straight state championship.
Competing in the Class A state meet was Aranne Haaf from Texhoma, a foreign exchange student from Germany.
Haaf's father, Dietmar Haaf, was a German national, European and indoor world champion in the long jump. He competed in the event in the 1992 Olympic Games.
“He held the German long-jump record until two or three years ago,” Aranne Haaf said.
Haaf qualified in four events at the Class A meet: the long jump, 100-meters hurdles, 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay.
The sophomore finished sixth in the long jump and fifth in the hurdles. Her relay teams finished fifth and fourth.
Haaf is returning to Germany at the end of the school year.
“I am happy to see my family again, but I am sad to leave Texhoma,” she said.
CASTLE WINS HURDLES FOUR STRAIGHT YEARS
Kayla Castle of Timberlake finished a perfect high school career with her fourth consecutive Class A state championship Saturday in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Castle said winning the last two state titles were the toughest.
“The first one, I was nervous but I didn't know what to expect going into it,” she said. “When I won, I was expected to win the next year and then the next year. I felt like I had the most pressure on me this year since I had already won it three times.”
Castle had opportunities to run track in college but is going to Northwestern Oklahoma State University to cheer.
“I'm done,” she said of running the hurdles. “I thought I ended it on a pretty good note.”
REESE GOES FOR FOUR AGAIN
Omega Reese of Tonkawa finished with four gold medals for the second straight year. She won the 800 and 400 and anchored both of Tonkawa's winning 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
Chandler Tarrant and Reese have been members of those relays for three consecutive state championships.
NO ONE BETTER IN COPAN
Andrew Rodgers won more state championships than any other athlete at Copan in any sport.
Rodgers won the 800, 1,600 and the 3,200 Saturday in Class A, giving him seven state track championships in his career and eight overall.
The senior, who will run for Pittsburg (Kan.) State next season, also has won a cross country state title.
His state title in the 800 on Saturday was only the third time he competed in the race.
Senior Tysin Davis of Quinton repeated as the 2A state champion in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches, a personal best.
Ann E. Freeman from Texhoma defended her title in the high jump with a leap 5-2. She also was a member of the Red Devils' winning 1,600-meter relay.
GUM WINS AGAIN FOR FRONTIER
Jalissa Gum finished her high school career as Frontier's most decorated runner with her third state championship in the 800-meter run.
Gum won a total of seven state championships in the 800, 400 and 200. She is going to play softball in college at Arkansas Tech.
Pond Creek-Hunter's boys and the Timberlake girls were the state academic track champions in Class A.
Tonkawa's girls and Fairview's boys were the champs in Class 2A.
MUEGGE GETS HER FOURTH GOLD
Marian Muegge of Deer Creek — Lamont captured her fourth gold in the Class A 100 meters.
“I wanted this one the most,” said Muegge, who will run for Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., next year. “The fact that I won four years in a row, it's something a lot of people can't say.”
RELAY SQUADS DEFEND TITLES
Commerce's girls 400 and 800 relay teams (Delaney Ballard, Hannah Barker, Ashley BigEagle and Haley Barker) won for the second year in a row.
Haley Barker was the two — time defending state champ in the 100 meters but finished sixth Saturday.
LYNN REPEATS FOR VELMA-ALMA
Checotah Lynn of Velma-Alma, who set the Class A state record last year in the 110 hurdles, repeated as champ with a time of 14.19.
His state record time last year was 14.11. He also won the 300 hurdles for the second straight year.