With freshmen and seniors leading the way, the Pawhuska High School track and field teams rolled up back-to-back strong showings last week at top-quality, multi-school competitions held in Ponca City and Bristow.
High-flying athletes continued to shine for Pawhuska. Winning performances were registered by a pair of seniors for the Huskies — Timmy Wann in the pole vault and Zak Stone in both high jump and long jump. One of the freshman sensations of the Lady Huskies, Haley Mouser, notched double victories in the girls’ high jump.
The PHS girls’ squad earned a second-place trophy at the Runyan Relays held Tuesday, April 9, in Ponca City. Lady Huskie contestants compiled 91 total points to finish as runnerup to the Tonkawa Lady Bucs (with 151 points) in the Division II standings for smaller schools.
On Saturday, the Lady Huskies placed third out of 18 teams at Bristow’s Darold Ritchie Invitational meet in Bristow. The Pawhuska girls piled up 87 overall points, despite being without several team members who were ill.
"They came out pretty well for being short-handed," said Pawhuska head coach Mark Frye. "We’ve been seeing quite a bit of improvement with the younger kids — and that’s always a good sign."
The host Bristow Lady Pirates finished atop the team scoring with 133 points and runner-up Oklahoma City Douglass had 88 points — edging out the Lady Huskies by a single point for second place.
The Pawhuska boys’ squad placed fifth overall out of a dozen teams at the Bristow meet. Highlighting the Saturday outing for the Huskies was the twin jumping triumph by Stone and a near-trifecta for PHS in the pole vault — with Wann winning first, Stone placing second and another Pawhuskan, freshman Bradley Moreland, taking third.
Four days earlier, Wann cleared 14 feet to take the vaulting title at Ponca City. The effort put Wann at No. 2 in this season’s 3A pole-vault rankings.
Also at Ponca, Stone recorded the state’s best high jump of the year — in any class — with a leap of 6 feet 8 inches. His winning height tops this season’s next best Class 3A jumper by half a foot. In last month’s Pawhuska Invitational, Stone nailed the year’s second-highest jump of 6-6.
Stone also managed the third-highest 3A pole vault of the year, at 13 feet 6 inches, with his third-place finish at Ponca City.
"Zak’s best effort last Saturday was in the long jump," said Frye. "He went 20 feet, 9 1/2 inches. That’s second best in Class 3A this season."
At the 2012 state championships, Wann (in the pole vault) and Stone (in the high jump) were both third-place medal recipients and Stone also brought home a 10th-place award in pole vault. Wann had an 11th-place finish in pole vault at the 2011 state meet.
Other medal-winning Huskies at the PC meet included senior Cole Cottingham, sixth place in the discus, and junior Daniel Bogney, sixth in the long jump.
Mouser claimed first place in the high jump for the Lady Huskies at Bristow and Ponca City. She also had won in her high school debut at Pawhuska. In addition to high jumping, Mouser also is a runner on some of the PHS relay units and she plays for the Lady Huskie varsity soccer team.
Several other soccer squad members are also having a major impact on the track for Pawhuska.
Hunter Sutherland, a senior who has made her mark in both sports at PHS, scored a first-place finish in Ponca City, winning the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.5 seconds. Sutherland also claimed a sixth-place medal in the girls’ long jump.
Sarah Phillippi, another Lady Huskie freshman and multi-sport athlete, took third in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 200-meter run. Also, Darian Lookout, a junior, finished fourth in the pole vault.
Relay teams of the Lady Huskies racked up plenty of points at Ponca City. The 4-by-200 squad (composed of junior Whitney Cotton, sophomore Andie Sweeden, and freshmen Keylee Kirk and Karissa Hughes) outdueled Watonga to place second. Finishing in third place was the PHS 4-by-100 unit, with Sweeden, Kirk, Cotton and sophomore Kortney Barnhart.
Also garnering third-place finishes at Ponca for the Pawhuska girls in relay events were the 4-by-200 (Sweeden, Kirk, Cotton and Phillippi) and 4-by-400 (Kirk, Hughes, Sweeden and Cotton). Pawhuska’s No. 2 mile relay unit came in fifth on Tuesday. Other Lady Huskie medals were won by Cotton, fifth at 100 meters, and Hughes, fifth in the 300 hurdles.
At Bristow on Saturday, the girls’ 4-by-800 relay squad from PHS (with Hambright, Hughes, and freshmen Genie Herren and Erika Barker) placed second and the 4x400 unit (Hughes, Cotton, Herren and freshman Danae Laird) took third.
Additional top entries for the Lady Huskies in Bristow were freshman Kailee Hambright, with seconds at 1600 and 3200 meters, and Phillippi, who took third in the 300 hurdles.
PHS will not be hosting a Class 3A Regional meet this season, as it had the past two years. Instead, the Pawhuska squads will head to Watonga, Chisholm or Stroud for the April 27 state qualifiers.
Prior to the regional, the Huskies and Lady Huskies are to participate in the Inola Invitational on Friday, April 19. Also, a conference meet is set for Monday, April 22.