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.
She defeated state champion Kiarra Jones of Lawton Eisenhower by 0.2 seconds.
“I just felt better today. My start was really good,” Nelson said.
PATTON WINS EDMOND SHOWDOWN IN 100
An Edmond sprinter showdown went to Edmond North's Jade Patton with a winning time of 11.94 seconds in the 100 meters.
Patton, the Class 6A state champion, edged 5A champ Kirsten Burnett of Deer Creek at 12.03.
Burnett did pick up a gold medal Tuesday. The Oral Roberts signee anchored the 400-meter relay, which Deer Creek won in 49.52.
PASQUE WINS AGAIN
Just like the state meet last week, the boys pole vault title came down to Norman's Colin Pasque and Jenks' Tommy Dial.
And just like state, Pasque won again. But he went six inches higher Tuesday night, winning at 16-0, which both competitors cleared.
But Pasque cleared in an earlier attempt, earning him the title.
DEER CREEK BOYS BUSY AGAIN
After dominating the Class 5A team competition at state on Saturday, the Deer Creek boys picked up a few more gold medals at the Meet of Champions
Sprinter Otugo Ananaba won the 100 meters in 10.75 seconds. Landon Huslig took the 300 hurdles in 39.08. And the Antlers won the 400 relay.
Here are the other Meet of Champions winners from the Oklahoma City area:
* Mustang senior Emily Helms fought off a tough field in the 3,200 with a winning time of 11:15.01.
* One of three seniors on Edmond Memorial's 6A championship team, Shaquan Burris won the 200 in 25.03.
* Overcoming an injury in Friday's action at state, Putnam City junior Schuyler Wood won the long jump at 18-5 1/2.
* Chandler senior Chris Lowery blazed to victory in the 1,600 at 4:26.52.
* Newcastle's Ashley Bryant won the shot put at 42-2.
*Purcell senior Katy Whitekiller won the pole vault at 11-0.