One of the most intriguing events to watch early in the track season has been the competition in Class 6A in the girls 400 meters.
Edmond Santa Fe's Tyler Wisby and Edmond Memorial's Shaquan Burris have both posted times under 58 seconds, each beating the other in head-to-head matchups.
And defending state champion Haley Woodard of Norman North is just getting started on her track season after the Timberwolves' run to the basketball state tournament.
Wisby and Woodard, who barely beat Wisby at the line for the state title, were the only 6A girls to break 56 seconds in the 400 last year.
As the season progresses, any of the three look to have the ability of threatening the state record of 54.89, which has stood since 1987 when Muskogee's Glenda Marshall set it at state.
“I'm working on that, trying to break that record,” said Wisby, who is headed to Oklahoma in the fall. “I'm so close, but if I don't, I'll have goals in college. It's just something to strive for.”
CHOCTAW WRESTLER WINS NATIONAL GIRLS TITLE
Becka Leathers of Choctaw claimed her second straight national championship in the Girls Folkstyle Wrestling Nationals held over the weekend at Oklahoma City University.
In the 130-pound championship match, Leathers defeated Maya Nelson of Denver, Colo.
Last year, Leathers won the gold medal at 125 pounds. Leathers wrestled for Choctaw High School this past season as a sophomore.
OWASSO IN NATIONAL TOP 10
Every other baseball team in Class 6A has at least three losses.
But there's little doubt who the top team in the state is.
Owasso went to Florida last week, the week after spring break, and won the Terry Donley Blue Devil Classic, beating Auburndale (Fla.) 5-2 in the championship game.
The Rams are 17-0 after Monday's 10-1 district win over Bartlesville.
Owasso stayed at No. 8 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national baseball rankings.
Owasso is shooting for its first title since 2009, when the Rams won the last of three consecutive 6A championships.
LONE GROVE HURDLER BREAKS FEMUR
Lone Grove freshman Travis Werner needed three hours of surgery Saturday on the broken femur he suffered a day earlier at the Madill Invitational track meet.
Werner was coming down the straightaway in the 300-meter hurdles when he hit one of the hurdles and landed awkwardly on his left leg, according to the Daily Ardmoreite.
The track meet was delayed for an hour while Werner received medical treatment. He was airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Lone Grove athletic director Kenny Ridley told the Ardmoreite that Werner had a rod and screws inserted into the leg, and doctors said he could be walking without crutches in two weeks.
PUTNAM NORTH COMES UP BIG IN MUSTANG
After starting the season 0-2, Putnam North's girls soccer team has won four straight and captured the Bronco Cup Tournament over the weekend in Mustang.
Putnam North upset 5A's fifth-ranked Carl Albert in the opening game of the Bronco Cup, then defeated Bartlesville in the semifinals and scored another upset over 6A's second-ranked Edmond Memorial in the finals.
Senior Jaclyn Arterburn scored a goal with 35 seconds remaining in the game to lift Putnam North to the 3-2 win over Edmond Memorial.
“To get three wins in a span of two days is a testament to the girls' hard work,” said Putnam North coach Jake Kurey.
Putnam North is scheduled to start district play Tuesday night at home against Yukon.
TENNIS RANKINGS RELEASED
Edmond North's boys and Jenks girls are No. 1 in the first rankings released this season by the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association.
Edmond North is led by defending state champion Nate Roper, who won his fourth consecutive tournament of the season Saturday by capturing the No. 1 singles title of the Heritage Hall Tournament of Champions.
The rest of the top 10 in 6A boys are Jenks, Tulsa Union, Muskogee, Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Broken Arrow, Westmoore, Ponca City and Bishop McGuinness.
Rounding out the top 10 in 6A girls are Enid, Tulsa Kelley, Edmond North, Edmond Memorial, Owasso, Bishop McGuinness, Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow and Mustang.
Cascia Hall is ranked No. 1 in both 5A girls and boys.
The rest of the top ten in 5A girls are Duncan, Bixby, Heritage Hall, Ada, Tulsa Washington, Ardmore, Deer Creek, Shawnee and Claremore.
In 5A boys, Tulsa Washington is No. 2 followed by Heritage Hall, Metro Christian, Oklahoma Christian, McAlester, Durant, Carl Albert, Duncan and Tahlequah.
In 4A girls, Metro Christian is No. 1 followed by Perry, Oklahoma Christian, Elk City, Midway, Okmulgee, Oklahoma Bible, Anadarko, Clinton and Classen.
In 4A boys, top-ranked Ada is followed by Byng, Anadarko, Riverfield, Henryetta, Piedmont, Okmulgee, Classen, Beaver and Elk City.