Several metro-area track and field athletes will be in the hunt for gold medals at the Class 5A and 6A state track meets Friday and Saturday at Yukon High School. Here are some of them:
Ben Barrett, Norman North, 6A: Reigning cross country champion will be dangerous in the distance events.
Robert Charlton and Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial, 6A: Charlton has the top 100-meter time in 6A at 10.58, while Howard’s 1:56.02 is the best 800 time. Micah Fontaine is among the favorites in both hurdle events, with David Smith and Jordan Weltzheimer contending as throwers.
Casen Haddox, Moore, 6A: One of a handful of 400 runners in 6A to break the 50-second mark.
Cassius Hill, Westmoore, 6A: Regional long jump champ at 22-10.
Demetrius Jones and Josiah Hunter, Edmond Santa Fe, 6A: Both defending champions should be in the mix again, Jones in the 110 hurdles and Hunter in the high jump.
Brandon Prather, Stillwater, 6A: One of the few long jumpers to clear 23 feet this year.
Cole Ridgway, Norman, 6A: Coming off a regional title in the shot put with a throw of 54-5.
Mark Sharpton, Edmond North, 6A: One of three 110 hurdlers in 6A to go below 14.50.
Kurt Yandell, Choctaw, 6A: Speedster is strong in the 200 and 400.
Bryce Balenseifen, Landon Huslig and Cole Verble, Deer Creek, 5A: The two-time defending champ Antlers have contenders all over the lineup, including Balenseifen in the distance events, Huslig in the hurdles and Verble in the pole vault and long jump.
Malique Lytle, Shawnee, 5A: Posted the best 800 time in 5A at regionals with a 1:55.59.