By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
For the first time in several years, the Glencoe Lady Panthers fielded a track team. Glencoe’s success was immediate as it finished second in regionals and sent several to the Class A state track meet at Carl Albert High School starting Friday.
“Being regional runner-up was a great accomplishment for us since we haven’t had a track team for quite some time here at Glencoe,” coach Stephen Castlebury said. “Overall I’m very happy with this group’s efforts and hopes it ends well.”
The Lady Panthers’ 3,200-meter relay team of Kelsey Castlebury, Megan Krehbiel, Madison Krehbiel and Ashton Schaefer won with a time of 11:02.34. The group also qualified with a second place finish in the 800-meter relay. Kelsey, Megan, Madison and Alisa Muench also qualified in the 1,600-meter relay with a third place finish.
Kelsey also qualified in the 800-meter run with a third-place finish. Junior Jenny Baker qualified with a third-place finish in the shot put (32.45) and won the discus (108.03). Glencoe hasn’t had an individual champion since Courtney Gougler won discus in 2005. Coach Castlebury said his team should perform well at state.
“Jenny has a great shot at medaling in both events and has a shot at winning the discus,” Castlebury said. “Our 3,200 relay team has a chance at placing high in the event. Kelsey Castlebury has a chance to medal in the 800-meter run.”
The Frontier Lady Mustangs competed in the same regional and finished fourth. Senior Jalissa Gum qualified in the 200-meter dash with a second-place performance and won the 400-meter dash (1:01.54), the 800-meter run (2:31.90) and the high jump (5-00). Alivia Molina won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:18.82.
The Coyle Lady Bluejackets competed in the Luthur regional and qualified the 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams. Anika Smalley, Taren Aska, Tyra Aska and Moshe Boyles ran. Tyra also qualified in the 200-meter dash with a first-place finish (27.33). Boyles, finished fourth and qualified as one of the top finishers from fourth through sixth place. Smalley finished third in the 100-meter dash to qualify. The Lady Bluejackets finished fourth.
The Bluejackets finished fourth and qualified three of their four relay teams. The 1,600-meter relay team of Fidel Simpson, Tony Aska, Joseph Johnson and Gary Hunter finished third (3:42.56). The 400-meter relay team of Simpson, Tony, LaShay Johnson and Hunter finished fourth but had one of the fastest times of non-automatic qualifiers at 46.39. The 800-meter relay team of Simpson, Tony, LaShay and Hunter also was an additional qualifier with a fourth place finish. Andy Abebaw was an additional qualifier in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet and 1/2 inches.
Agra’s Lindsey Leal-McBride qualified with a second place finish in the 800-meter run.
In Class 2A, the Pawnee Lady Black Bears qualified several for state with a fourth-place finish in the Oologah regional last week. Jaidan Alley qualified in the 400-meter dash with a second-place finish (1:04.57) and was an additional qualifier in the 200-meter dash with a fourth-place finish. Kamille Ellis finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and was an additional qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump. Autumn OnlyAChief finished second in the 1,600-meter run. Jaelyn Jestes won the shot put with a throw of 34 feet and 9 inches. Hannah Heisler was an additional qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles.
The Black Bears qualified Brandon Ellis, who won the 300-meter hurdles (43.41). The 400-meter relay team of Brandon, Jarrod Mitchell, Paydon Moore and Marlon Houston Jr. was an additional qualifier with a fourth-place finish. The Yale Bulldogs’ Evan Prince was an additional qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles with a fourth-place finish.
In the Class 2A Luther Regional the Morrison Lady Wildcats’ 3,200-meter relay team of Brittney Coleman, Jacey Bales, Raye Hughes and Kylie Tolbert was an additional qualifier with a fourth-place finish. Ripley’s Shelby Akins qualified with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash (13.28) and a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (27.43). Abe Lincoln qualified with a second-place finish in the shot put.
In the Class 3A regional at Chisholm High School, the Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons and Demons send a pair to state at Ardmore High School Thursday . Bailey Wensler qualified for the girls with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run and was an additional qualifier in the 1,600-meter run. McKenzie Stanford won the 100-meter hurdles (16.26) and the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches). Stanford also finished third in the shot put.
“Stanford should win the high jump,” coach Jim Hill said. “She should finish third or fourth in hurdles and has an outside shot to medal in the shot put.”
John Sasser qualified for the Demons with third-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Cody Waitt finished third in the 3,200-meter run and was an additional qualifier in the 200-meter dash.
Perry’s Taylor Finley qualified with a third-place finish in the long jump. The Lady Maroons were additional qualifiers in the 1,600-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay. Rylee Bellmon was an additional qualifier in the high jump and Meagan Drake in the shot put.
Cushing qualified several for the Class 4A state meet at Ardmore. Taylor Jones won the long jump (15 feet and 10 3/4 inches) and was an additional qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles. Hunter Boykin won the 100-meter dash (11.13). Eddie Martin finished second in the long jump (20 feet and 10 1/4 inches). Che’Ron Lewis finished second in the discus (98 feet, 7 inches). Justin West and Mariah Treat were additional qualifiers in the 800-meter run.
“We’re excited and ready to go to Ardmore (Thursday),” coach Barrett Shupe said. “The kids have trained hard and anything can happen.”