By Mike Tupa
Bartlesville High School’s track history turned a new page Friday.
Make that Paige.
After multiple attempts the last season-plus, the dynamic senior finally shattered the Lady Bruin team record in the pole vault.
Sauer set the new standard at 10-feet-even — eclipsing the school mark she already held at 9-6 — at the Tulsa Washington level.
Her historic effort earned her second place.
By reaching the 10-foot level, Sauer should be ranked among the top six pole vaulters in the state, Bartlesville track head coach Bon Bennett said.
Bartlesville surged to several other first and second places in the wind-blown, storm-ravaged competition.
James Martinez bolted to a pair of championships — the boys 1600m run and 3200m run — for the Bruins.
Teammate Nathan Lauritsen blazed to second place in the 1600 and came in third in the 3200.
Rilee Rigdon — who could also be known as The Bartlesville Rocket — streaked to first place in both the girls 800m run (2:14) and 1600m run (5:12).
“Those were really exceptional times,” especially due to the weather conditions, Bennett said.
Bruin standout David Kelley — who has been dealing with a sore foot — won the boys high jump, at 6-foot-2.
Lady Bruin hurdler extraordnaire Sarah Covell cruised to first in both the girls 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles.
But, Bennett saved his biggest praise for Bruin speedster Tyler Linthacum.
Linthacum blazed to the championship in the boys 400m dahs, with a time of :51.4.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a boy win the 400,” said Bennett. “He has some good wheels. That is really outstanding for him.”
In the shot out, Bartlesville’s Cody Keesling unleashed a career-best distance of 48-feet to earn the championship.
And, Lady Bruin long jumper Trinity Parker soared to second place by traveling 16-plus feet.
Next up, some of the Bartlesville athletes are headed to Kansas relays, while others will be participating in the Collinsville tourney, followed by the conference meet.