PHS tracksters hit local meet in full stride

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Local track-and-field athletes have been progressing by leaps and bounds as they headed into the annual Pawhuska Invitational high school meet held Tuesday at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium.

Last Saturday, the Huskie and Lady Huskie squads prepared for the home event by participating against entries from 20 area schools representing four state classes at a .

The Lady Huskies compiled 107 points to wind up No. 2 in the team scoring, trailing only the host Lady Hornet squad’s total of 156.

Haley Mouser continued to excell in the high jump as she cleared the bar at five feet, six inches. In nearly equaling her own personal-best height, the PHS junior All-American beat the runnerup in the event by half a foot. Mouser also ran sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 66.4 seconds.

PHS girls finished one-two in the in the 300-meter hurdles, with freshman Kylie Riebel posting a time of 47.95 seconds to edge out junior teammate Sarah Phillippi by a margin of 93/100ths second. Riebel also dashed to a fourth-place medal at 200 meters.

Lady Huskie freshman Aubrie Walker won the 3200-meter run in 12 minutes, 43.76 seconds — finishing more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Locker was third in the 1600-meter event. Walker also snagged a fifth-place medal in the pole vault.

Pawhuska sophomore Darienne Frye took second in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing just 3/10ths of a second behind the host school victor. Capturing a second-place medal in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, nine inches was Lady Huskie sophomore Heather Conner.

PHS’s girls placed a very respectable second in the 4x400-meter relay, with a time of 4:20.37. The Lady Huskie 4x100 and 4x200 relay squads both placed third, with the 400-meter unit getting a time of 52.60 seconds and the 800 quartet clocking in at 1:51.83.

The Pawhuska boys combined to earn 22 points, which put the them seventh among the 20 teams attending the Vinita meet. Tulsa Edison’s 73 points won the overall honors with and Jay was second with 71. The Huskies’ points-total topped schools like Cascia Hall (21), Chelsea (17) and Cleveland (10).

Speedy sophomore Warren Graves darted to a third-place medal with a time of 11.26 seconds at 100 meters. The splendid local sprinter missed a medal by just .02 of a second with a 24-second effort in the 200-meter event. Graves helped the Huskies’ 4x100 relay squad bring home third-place honors.

Junior-high division results from Vinita showed Pawhuska athletes claim several medals. Topping the list was Lady Huskie freshman Star Sweeden, who won first for the 100-meter dash and was fourth in the 100 hurdles.

In last Thursday’s high school meet in Beggs, the Pawhuska girls placed third in the team standings with 93 points.

Mouser won the high jump with a top leap of 5-2 and finished fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:07.49.

Phillippi took a first-place medal in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking a 48.61 finish, while third place went to Reibel (51.03). Frye was the winner of the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.35.

Walker placed second at 3200 meters and sixth in the 1600-meter event. Her 3200 time was 14:09 and she finished the 1600 in 6:32. She also took fourth in the pole vault by clearing the bar at six feet.

Other high-finishing PHS entries at the Beggs meet included: Danae Laird, sixth in long jump (14-2); Hannah Horn, fifth in the shot (27-10), and Briana RedEagle, fifth in discus (74-10).

Pawhuska’s 4x200 girls’ relay team ran to a first-place victory in a time of 1:50.22. The Lady Huskie 4x400 unit finished fourth (4:30.28) and the 4x100 squad had a fifth-place effort of 52.75 seconds.

Previously unreported Pawhuska boys’ results from the March 28 Tiger Track Classic at Stroud include Warren Graves, who took fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.70 — which was just three-hundredths of a second behind the third-place finisher. Graves ran sixth at 200 meters (24.03).

PHS sophomore William Merrill finished fifth in the high jump by clearing five feet, 10 inches. With 23 total points, the Huskies were the 10th-place team at Stroud.

Three Lady Huskies earned medals at last year’s 3A state championships, with Phillippi taking second in the 300 hurdles and Mouser getting third in high jump. (Mouser also placed second in 3A high jump as a freshman.) Frye, Mouser and Phillippi were all members of the 4x400 relay team that finished fifth at state.