Huskie and Lady Huskie track-and-field squads tuned up for Tuesday’s Pawhuska High School Invitational with solid all-around performances Saturday at the Vinita Hornet Relays.

PHS athletes won five individual events and two relays at the competition, which was added to the local calendar following the cancellation of Friday’s scheduled meet at Chandler.

“Vinita’s track had a brand new surface,” Pawhuska coach Mark Frye said of the event. “It was very competitive.”

Pawhuska’s boys barely missed taking top team honors at their second straight meet. The Huskies finished one point behind the Dewey Bulldoggers.

Lady Huskie junior Kyleigh Riebel was victorious in the 300-meter hurdles and freshman Alexis Moreland took first in the girls’ pole vault.

The Huskies had winning efforts seniors William Merrell in high jump, Nathan Richardson in pole vault and Warren Graves, who edged out a teammate in the 100-meter dash. The Pawhuska boys’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay squads also nabbed first-place finishes.


Merrell won the high jump with a personal-best leap of six feet, six inches. Last year, he also registered the best jump of his career (which, then, was 6-2) at the Vinita meet.

Graves won an intra-squad sprint battle with PHS junior Brian Jeffers when he crossed the 100-meter finish line in 10.76 seconds — a slim 4/100ths of a second in front of Jeffers’ 10.8-second run.

Richardson went over at 11 feet to take the pole vault by 2 1/2-foot margin. Third place went to Pawhuska freshman Tre Harper. Finishing fourth was Hunter Hurd, another local ninth-grader. Harper cleared eight feet, six inches — equalling the second-place height.

Pawhuska’s first-place 4 x 100 boys’ relay (Tyler Wilson, Jeffers, freshman Evan Frye and Graves) posted a winning time of 45.4 seconds, clipping runnerup Dewey (45.78) and third-place Vinita (45.85). In the 4 x 200 race, the quartet of Wilson, Jeffers, senior Ben Gray and Graves crossed the finish in 1 minute and 36 seconds, flat, which edged runnerup Salina by .64 of a second and third-place Vinita by .91.

The Huskies’ second-place 4 x 800 relay was made up of freshman Andrez Ramirez, junior Dartanian (Scooby) Stone, and seniors Tristen Tucker and Will Merrell. Pryor won in 8:47.77, and PHS’s time of 9:07.40 was 13 seconds faster than third-place Warner. Coming in third in the 4 x 400 relay was a local unit comprised of two freshmen (Ramirez and Frye) and two seniors (Gray and Merrell). The PHS time was 3:46.09.

Tristen Tucker ran a close second at 1600 meters and placed third at 3200 meters. The PHS senior completed the metric mile race in five minutes and five seconds. His 3200-meter time was 11 mintes, 25 seconds.

“He PRed in the mile and was close to his best at two miles,” Frye said of Tucker..

Jeffers finished third (23.59) and Wilson fourth (24.16) at 200 meters, where the winner ran a 22.93. Ramirez (55.97) and Stone (56.1 ) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 400-meter run.



Riebel won the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.94, giving her two straight meet triumphs in under 50 seconds. The junior star finished 7/10ths ahead of the race runnerup, a Vinita senior who qualified for the finals of the event at last year’s 4A state meet.

At the 2016 2A Regional, an injury prevented Riebel from competing in the 300 hurdles, which she considers to be her best event. The multi-sport athlete did manage to qualify for state in the 400-meter dash and on three relays, however. In 2015, with PHS competing at the 3A level, Riebel placed third in the 300-hurdle state finals, with a personal-best time of 47.12.

Alexis Moreland cleared six feet for the girls’ pole vault win. Her brother, Bradley Moreland, who’s now graduated, was last year’s state runnerup in the boy’ competition.

Lady Huskie relay squads nabbed two third-place finishes and one fourth. The 4 x 100 unit clocked a third-fastest time of 53.41 seconds. In the 4 x 200, the Pawhuska quartet placed third by running a 1.53.88. A fourth-place finish in the 4 x 400 was completed in four minutes, 34.6 seconds —nearly 20 ticks off the winning pace and about a second ahead of the fifth-place finishers.

PHS’s Ashley Henley and Lynnlea McGuire placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the girls’ shot put. Henley, a junior, put the shot 29 feet, 1 inch, while McGuire’s top effort measured 28-4. McGuire earned sixth-place points (but no medal) in the discus, where her throw went 72 feet, 4 inches.

Team scores in the boys’ division showed 3A Dewey with 151 team points and the 2A Huskies at 150. A distant third was Class 3A’s Pryor Tigers, with 92 points. Thirteen schools scored points in the boys’ meet. The Lady Huskies placed fifth in the 11-team girls’ division. With 59 points, PHS trailed first-place Vinita (4A), as well as Warner, Adair and Miami. Dewey (with 56 points) was sixth, overall, followed by Pryor (52).

Pawhuska’s track terams are to compete Friday in the Kellyville Ponies Track Meet.

“We’ve had to fill in a few spots and we’re still experimenting some,” Frye said of his teams Monday. “At Tuesday’s home meet, though, we’re planning to open things up a little bit.”