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High school notebook: Battle brewing in girls 400 meters

Edmond Santa Fe's Tyler Wisby and Edmond Memorial's Shaquan Burris have both posted times under 58 seconds. And defending state champion Haley Woodard of Norman North is ready to join the fray now that basketball is done.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: April 1, 2013

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.”


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.


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 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.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
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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