Pawhuska High School’s Tristen Tucker has been the Huskies’ top harrier since the cross-country program was reinstated here two years ago.
Tucker officially concluded his PHS course-running career at Saturday’s Oklahoma Championship Meet in Shawnee. The senior finished 41st in the Class 2A boys’ 5-kilometer race, with a time just under 19 minutes (18:59.78).
It’s the second straight year that Tucker qualified to compete in the state meet. He placed 31st overall last year at Shawnee, posting a time (18:21.44) that would have placed him 24th at this year’s event. As a sophomore, Tucker narrowly missed qualifying for state after finishing a team-best 23rd at the Regionals.
Another sophomore member of the Huskies’ cross-country team was Mikey Lynn. On Saturday, Tucker and other PHS runners will participate in the Mikey Lynn Memorial Fundraiser to raise money for scholarships program at the school — as well as its cross-country program.
On Oct. 18, 2014, which was the same day as PHS’s Cross Country Regionals, 16-year-old Mikey Lynn was killed in a one-car, rollover accident on a gravel road northwest of town. Another local student, a cousin of the deceased, was injured in the mishap.
Saturday’s memorial event features a number of activities, including the Mikey Lynn 5-K Cross Country Run and a 1-mile Fun Run. It is to be held at The Lodge at Taylor Ranch, located five miles south of town on State Highway 99. This weekend’s events are just part of the observances to be held in memory of Lynn.
Registration for the races starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Pre-registration is available by calling the coach of the cross country teams, Debra Richardson, at 859-556-0618.
Tucker was the only PHS entry to qualify for the state meets in each of the past two seasons. Pawhuska girls nearly qualified this year’s entire six-member squad, however. The Lady Huskies combined to place eighth as a team at Chisholm and was just six points away from earning the Regional’s last team qualification.
The Lady Huskie team included Madelyn Priest, Aubrie Walker, Abby Nightengale, Blake Allen, Rayven Stone and Kaiti Moen. Moen, a freshman, had the best individual finish for the local girls, as she came in 28th.
In addition to Tucker, other members of this year’s Pawhuska boys squad were Daneal Parks, Payton McCarty, Devynn Mathes, Ryan Parks and Hunter Hurd. The Huskies finished 11th as a team at the Regional.
Numerous other Huskies and Lady Huskies are expected to run in Saturday’s Mikey Lynn Memorial Runs, the PHS coach added.
NOTE: Woodland junior Braden Clapp finished 8th at the state 2A Meet. His medal-winning time was 17:30.