PHS athletes shine at local track meet
An electric performance in the day’s final race gave the Pawhuska Lady Huskies the boost they needed to claim a team championship at Friday’s Kellyville High School Track and Field Meet.
The PHS girls 4x400 relay team ran its best-ever race to earn the points that pushed the Lady Huskies past Okmulgee and secured the meet’s first-place trophy.
“Okmulgee’s coach said it was the first time in three or four years that they had lost the 4-by-400,” Pawhuska coach Mark Frye said. “And, we didn’t just beat them — we blew them away.”
Frye said the Lady Huskies jumped out to a comfortable lead in the race on strong early efforts by freshman Kyleigh Riebel and junior Sarah Phillippi. The third PHS runner, junior Haley Mouser, then extended that lead before handing off to sophomore Heather Conner.
“Heather was all alone, probably 70 meters out in the front, on the anchor leg,” said the Lady Huskie coach.
The final time of Lady Huskie squad (4:14) was 10 seconds faster than it ran at last week’s Pawhuska Invitational, according to Frye. He said the local track-and-field athletes are continuing to make progress as they prepare for the important year-end meets. He is especially pleased about his relay squads.
Among the highlights of the April 7 meet at Ormand Beach Stadium was the performance of the PHS boys sprint-relay team — comprised of juniors J.R, Young and Mathew Taft, sophomore Warren Graves and freshman Brian Jeffers. The squad won first place in the home meet’s 4x100 event and finished second behind Tulsa Central in the 4x200.
Pawhuska’s 4x400 boys’ relay unit (Tristen Tucker, William Merrell, Ben Gray and Levi Youngwolfe) finished third at Pawhuska, while the Lady Huskies placed second (to outstanding winning teams) in all four relays. In the team standings, the PHS girls were second behind powerhouse Vinita and the improving Huskies squad was fourth.
The Huskies and Lady Huskies will make a long road trip Friday for a meet at Chisholm High School in Enid — which has also been the site of their last two Class 3A Regionals. A week later, PHS is to compete in Catoosa, followed by the Big Eight Conference Meet at Blackwell on Tuesday, April 28.
A recently-released list of Class 3A’s season-best performances shows Riebel and Phillippi ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in on in the 300 hurdles and Mouser as the top high jumper. Freshman distance runner Aubrie Walker is No. 2 in the 3200-meter event.
If that’s not enough, Frye also said he has been very impressed with Pawhuska’s seventh- and eighth-grade track teams.
PHS top finishes at Pawhuska Invitational
High Jump — 1. William Merrell 5-10; Discus — 3. Dakota Jester 114-2; 1600m Run — 5. William Merrill 5:20.36; 100m Dash — 2. Warren Graves 11.55 and 4. (tie) Brian Jeffers 11.90; 200m Dash — 4. Graves 24.63; 400 m Relay — 1. Pawhuska 45.11; 800m Relay — 3. Pawhuska 1:35.52; 3200m Relay — 3. Pawhuska 9:46.98; 3200m Run — 6. Youngwolfe 13:21.75.
High Jump — 1. Mouser 5-4; Long Jump — 6. Heather Conner 14-6; Pole Vault — 3. Samantha Lookout 6-6;
300m Hurdles — 1. Kyleigh Riebel 49.42 and 5. Sarah Phillippi 51.10; 100m Dash — 5. Darienne Frye 14.09; 400m Dash — 3. Heather Conner 1:05.32; 1600m Run — 1. Aubrie Walker 6:13.77; 3200m Run — 1. Aubrie Walker Pawhuska 13:21.91; 400 m Relay — 2. Pawhuska 51.93; 1600m Relay — 2. Pawhuska 4:24.34; 3200m Relay — 2. Pawhuska 11:00.17;