Class A-2A state track meet: Hennessey, Velma-Alma win third in a row

by Ed Godfrey Published: May 4, 2013
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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.

GERMANY REPRESENTED

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.

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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