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Track Meet of Champions notebook: Crescent's Devon Bledsoe shows class doesn't matter

by Scott Wright Published: May 20, 2014

With hurdlers from Class 6A and down in the field, it might have seemed like the odds were stacked against the kid from Class 2A Crescent, which doesn’t have a track to practice on.

But with a time of 15.15, Crescent’s Devon Bledsoe won the 110-meter hurdles at the Oklahoma Track Meet of Champions Tuesday night at Moore Stadium.

“I looked at the times and I felt like I could get second or third,” Bledsoe said. “It’s really windy and I run horrible in the wind.”

Bledsoe’s winning time was half a second off his best time of the year, 14.6. But it’s a long way from where he started the year.

“This is my first year doing hurdles, and in my first meet, I ran 16.7,” he said. “I thought this was gonna be a long year. We don’t have a track, so I drive about 25 miles to Covington once a week to practice on their track.

“It’s really cool to come out here and win this. It just shows that it doesn’t matter what class you’re in.”


Shawnee’s Malique Lytle had a big smile as he accepted his gold medal in the 800 meters.

Three days earlier, Lytle was only a few steps away from being a state champion until he tumbled in the final 10 meters, getting passed and finishing second.

“This felt really good,” Lytle said of Tuesday’s win in a time of 1:53.96, a Shawnee school record. “This is my favorite event. I’ve got another year of high school, and I want to run a 1:50 or 1:51 next year.”


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by Scott Wright
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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