The Pawhuska High School track and field squads went toe-to-toe with top-notch Class 3A and 4A teams at Friday’s Chisholm Invitational.
When the sawdust and cinder settled, the Huskies and Lady Huskies had more than held their own. With the 2A Regional meet just three weeks away, the PHS teams appear primed and ready for the tests that lie ahead.
While we were fresh, things went pretty well,” Frye added, noting the wind conditions at the Enid track were “brutal.”
PHS seniors Warren Graves, Tristen Tucker and Nathan Richardson each claimed first-place medals.
Graves streaked to victory in the 100-meter dash, recording a winning time of 11.28 seconds. He also ran a leg on the Huskies’ first-place 4 x 200 relay. Comprised of Graves, fellow seniors Tyler Wilson and Ben Gray, and junior Brian Jeffers, the Huskie squad completed the 800 meters in 1:33.49, approximately 8/10ths of a second ahead of Chisholm (1:34.29).
Tucker triumphed over the windy weather and all the other runners in the 3200-meter run. He finished in 11 minutes and change (8.05 seconds), nearly four second ahead of the runner-up. (On a side note, Tucker was recently named salutatorian of PHS’s Class of 2017. The valedictorian is Madelyn Priest, who competes at a half-mile and above for the Lady Huskies.)
Richardson won the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, while another Huskie senior, Daneal Parks, placed second with a vault of 12 feet, 6 inches.
Lady Huskie freshmen Tatyana Curry and Alyssa Reynolds blazed to a photo finish in the girls’ 200-meter final, with Curry winning by an eyelash in 27.92 seconds to Reynolds’ 27.94.
Pawhuska’s boys finished third in the meet’s team standings. The host Chisholm Longhorns, a 3A powerhouse, was first with 148 points and 4A’s Weatherford Eagles piled up 126 — which exceeded the Huskies total by 20. Fourth-place Watonga (74) was another 32 points baclk.
The Lady Huskies, with 64 points, placed fourth in the girls’ division, behind Cashion (74), Weatherford (114) and Chisholm, at 191. In all, 13 schools participated, and formidable B squads were entered by both Chisholm and Weatherford.
Pawhuska’s girls’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 units both finished second to their Lady Longhorn hostesses. The Lady Huskie relays (sophomore Kianna Taylor, freshmen Reynolds and Curry, and junior Kyleigh Riebel) was timed at 52.17 seconds at 400 meters to chisholm’s winning 51.34. At 800 meters, their time was 1:52.04 seconds and Chisholm ran a 1:49.02.
The Huskies’ 4 x 100 relay (Graves, Wilson, Jeffers and freshman Evan Frye) finished second in the finals, with a time of 44.86. In meet’s preliminaries, the PHS squad had been fifth fastest. Pawhuska’s boys’ 4 x 800 relay came in 7th.
Other PHS points-earners included:
For the Lady Huskies, junior Kyleigh Riebel was third in the 300-meter hurdles. Her 49.17 time pub her behind two top 3A entries from Chisholm. (Senior Sydney Ruder ran a 46.21 to win, while a freshman took second and a Lady Longhorn senior was fourth.) PHS junior Star Sweeden was 6th at 100 meters, and Kianna Taylor qualifyied 7th. Shelby Bute, a freshman, was 7th in the 800 meter run. Sophomore Rayven Stone was eighth in long jump. The girls 4 x 400 relay (Taylor and freshmen Shelby Bute, Kaiti Moen and Alyssa Reynolds) placed 5th. In the shot put, junior Ashley Henley finished 5th and Lynlea McGuire was sixth. McGuire was 11th in the discus.
In the boys’ division, Graves was second at 200 meters with a time of 23.16 seconds and Tyler Wilson placed fifth. Brian Jeffers placed 5th in the 100. Pawhuska senior Will Merrell finished second in the high jump, clearing 6-2. Merrell and the Weatherford winner were the only jumpers over six feet. Tristen Tucker took 4th at 1600 meters. Freshman Andrez Ramirez took 4th in the 400 and Evan Frye, also a freshman, placed ninth in the long jump, with another ninth-grader, Hunter Hurd, placing 15th. The Huskies 4 x 400 relay (freshmen Ramirez and Frye, and seniors Wilson and Gray) placed fifth.