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High school track and field athletes to watch: Deer Creek's Bryce Balenseifen, Norman's Caleigh Donaghe among area's best

Balenseifen was the state’s best 1,600-meter runner last year on a team packed with distance specialists; the Antlers are also looking for a third straight 5A crown.
by Scott Wright Published: March 25, 2014
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Here are some other high school track and field athletes to watch this season:

Boys

Bryce Balenseifen, Jr., Deer Creek: Balenseifen was the state’s best 1,600-meter runner last year on a team packed with distance specialists; the Antlers are also looking for a third straight 5A crown.

Janari Glover, Sr., Millwood: The defending champion in the Class 3A 100 meters is back to better his winning time of 10.87 seconds.

Grey Howard, Sr., Edmond Memorial: Ready to defend his 800-meter state championship while trying to help a deep Bulldog squad compete for the team title.

Kaden Jackson, Jr., Kingfisher: Already a two-time champ in the shot put, Jackson will try to make it three in his junior year.

Brandon Prather, Jr., Stillwater: The multi-sport standout will try to defend his 6A title in the long jump.

Girls

Caleigh Donaghe, Sr., Norman: The defending champion in the 6A discus will try to go out on top as a senior.

Claire Grimmett, So., Pauls Valley: Won state in the 300 hurdles as a freshman.

Paige Houston, Sr., Midwest City: The two-time Big All-City selection won the 6A shot put title with a throw of 42 feet, 1 inch last year.

Audrianna Morgan, Sr., Centennial: A three-time champion in the 100, Morgan has two golds and a silver at state in the 200.

Courtney Nelson, Sr., Putnam City North: One of the state’s top hurdlers in both the 100 and 300.

Jade Patton, Sr., Edmond North: Set the school record in the 100 meters at 12.03 seconds at state last year.

Shelby Shepard, Sr., Heritage Hall: Last year, in her first season fully focused on track, Shepard won 4A long jump gold.

Haley Woodard, Jr., Norman North: A two-time state champ in the 400, Woodard also won the 200 last year.

by Scott Wright
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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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