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.
Calvin Parker and Trey Wilson, Guthrie, 5A: Both hoping to contend in the sprints.
Emily and Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe, 6A: The twin sisters are strong in the hurdle events, Emily in the 100 and Erin in the 300.
Paige Houston, Midwest City, 6A: The top shot putter in the state all season threw more than 44 feet at regionals.
Morganne and Mia Mukes, Edmond Memorial, 6A: Morganne will contend in the 100 and 200, while sister Mia is among the favorites in the 400 after posting times in the 55-second range. Clara O’Connor (800) and Merritt Ogle (high jump) are among other Bulldogs who could challenge for gold.
Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North, 6A: One of the state’s top hurdlers in both the 100 and 300.
Jade Patton, Edmond North, 6A: The defending 100-meter champion ran 11.45 seconds at regionals.
Hayley Redwine and Julia Hanks, Norman, 6A: Redwine has posted the state’s top 1,600 time at 5:12.26 and will also contend in the 3,200. Hanks pole vaulted 11-8 at regionals, the best mark in 6A this year.
Schuyler Wood, Putnam City, 6A: The defending champion in the long jump is also pursuing medals in the high jump and 100 hurdles.
Haley Woodard, Norman North: Looking to defend her 200-meter title, though she’ll also have the 6A soccer championship game at 5 p.m. Friday in Norman. Teammates Belle Wallace and Abbey Mace will also be in the hunt in distance events.
Bre Davis, Piedmont, 5A: Once again one of the top throwers in the class.
Jill Hagen, McGuinness, 5A: One of 5A’s only 400 runners to break the minute mark.
Asia Johnson, Guthrie, 5A: Regional champion has the best 100 hurdle time in the class.
Chancelei Jones, Del City, 5A: Among the contenders in the 200.
Jade Orange, Sheridan Snyder and Abigail Stanley, Deer Creek, 5A: The defending team champion has individual contenders in the sprints (Orange), Snyder (distance) and pole vault (Stanley), among other events.
Kelsey Simmons, Shawnee, 5A: The top contender in the 400 with a sub-59 second time. Shawnee has multiple contenders in the 800.