Good teamwork paved the way for best-team honors for the Pawhuska High School track squads Friday at the Covington-Douglas meet.
With superior showings in the relay events, PHS placed first in both the male and female divisions of Class A/2A meet, which officially started the track-and-field campaigns for coach Mark Frye’s Huskies and Lady Huskies.
Each Covington-Douglas relay victory earned a double amount of first-place points, and both Pawhuska squads were quick to cash in on those 20-point bonuses.
Lady Huskie runners won three of the four girls’ relays en route to a 178-points haul — by far the top total among the meet’s 23 female teams. Covington-Douglas was runner-up with 96 points and Crossings Christian took third, with 94.
The Huskies raced to two relay triumphs and racked up a total score of 139 points, putting them almost 50 points ahead of second-place Crossings Christian, which had 92. In all, 17 schools competed in the boys’ division.
Pawhuska’s 400-meter girls’ relay unit (comprised of sophomore Kianna Taylor, freshmen Alyssa Reynolds and Tatiana Curry, and junior Star Sweeden) finished first by a nose.
The same Lady Huskie quartet (Taylor, Reynolds, Curry and Sweeden) won the 800-meter relay by a more comfortable margin, in a time of 1:56.05.
PHS’s 1600 relay team (Kianna Taylor with freshmen Shelby Bute, Kaiti Moen and Reynolds) hit the finish line in 4:40.06 — approximately a second ahead of their closest rival. Pawhuska also picked up eight team points for a fourth-place showing by the 3200-meter relay (which included sophomore Blake Allen, freshmen Moen and Bute, and a runner to be named later).
One of the veteran members of the Lady Huskie squad, junior Kyleigh Riebel, served early notice of her medal aspirations in the 300-meter hurdles. Riebel won the season opener by more than a five-second margin with an electronically-calibrated time of 49.93 seconds.
A Pawhuska boys foursome composed of seniors Warren Graves and Tyler Wilson, junior Brian Jeffers and freshman Evan Frye) claimed first place in the 400-meter relay (time: 46.17 seconds) as well as the 800-meter relay (in 1:39.62). In both events, they won by more than half a second.
The Huskies’ 1600-meter relay (seniors Ben Gray and Tyler Wilson, and freshmen Andrez Ramirez and Evan Frye) placed second and their 3200-meter unit (which included junior Dartagnan Stone) came in fourth.
PHS’s senior speed-burner Warren Graves blazed to victory in the 100-meter dash. Graves’ time of 11.98 seconds nipped Brian Jeffers, his Huskie comrade, by 2/100ths of a second, while the Blanchard runner who finished third was several strides further back.
Jeffers turned the tables in the 200-meter sprint, which he won by edging out Graves. Jeffers’ first-place time was 24.51 seconds and Graves clocked a 24.81, with the third-place runner coming across in 25.20.
Ben Gray finished fifth in the long jump, recording a leap of 18 feet — just two inches short of the winner’s. Freshman Ramirez of the Huskies ran fourth at 400 meters, although his time of 57.08 was just two seconds off the winning pace. Dartagnan Stone took sixth in the 800-meter race, which also earned a point for the team.