Oklahoma track Meet of Champions: Douglass' Anthonio Humphrey edges closer to record

by Scott Wright Published: May 14, 2013
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photo - Runners compete in the girls 3,200 meter-relay during the Meet of Champions at Yukon High School on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Runners compete in the girls 3,200 meter-relay during the Meet of Champions at Yukon High School on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

All season, Douglass runner Anthonio Humphrey had his sights set on breaking 1 minute, 56 seconds in the 800 meters.

He broke that mark, and then some, in the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Meet of Champions Tuesday night at Yukon High School.

Humphrey pulled within two seconds of the state record for the 800, winning in a time of 1:53.64. The state record of 1:51.70 is shared by Quintell Wilson of Edmond North (2007) and Justin Nobles of Elgin (2001).

“This just pushes me closer to that state record and will keep me working even harder over the summer, so I can try to drop those last two seconds,” said Humphrey, a junior. “Maybe this got the attention of some college coaches, I hope. Now I'm looking at the 1:40s. I'll just keep trying to do my best.”

WEST WINS ON HOME TRACK

A year ago, Yukon's A.J. West was neither a football player, nor a track sprinter.

But after his senior year, he now has a scholarship to play college football, and he won the 200 meters at the Meet of Champions on Tuesday night, then ran the opening leg of Yukon's 1,600-meter relay win (3:26.90).

“It's a good way to finish,” said West, who won with a time of 22.21 seconds. “This is my first year running track, and it's been great, especially with the relay team. It's been fun sharing in that success.”

During the season, West clocked 100-meter times under 11 seconds, and began to gain recruiting interest from track programs like Tulsa.

But West signed a letter of intent to play running back at Emporia State in Kansas, which is his focus.

“I can't wait for school to end, so I can get up there and get started,” West said.

NELSON BLAZES TO WIN IN 100 HURDLES

Putnam City North hurdler Courtney Nelson ran the exact same time — a personal-best of 14.52 seconds — that she ran in the 100-meter hurdles at the Class 6A state meet on Saturday. But this time, it was good enough for a gold medal.

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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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