PHS tracksters 2nd for Chisholm team title

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

ENID — Pawhuska may have been a little shorthanded Friday at the Chisholm Invitational high school track-and-field meet, but the Lady Huskies still managed to run and jump their way to a second-place finish in the girls’ team standings.

Paced by a winning effort in the high jump and solid showings by its relay units, the Lady Huskie squad compiled 86 points — which was eight fewer than host Chisholm team. Twenty-two schools competed.

Pawhuska junior Haley Mouser won the girls’ high jump to continue her two-year dominance in that event at regular-season meets. Another PHS junior, Sarah Phillippi, was runnerup in the 300-meter hurdles for the Lady Huskies, while freshman Kylie Riebel came in fifth.

The Lady Huskies 4x100 and 4x200 relay squads ran second to Class 4A Bethany at Chisum, while the 4x800 squad was third and the 4x400 unit got fourth. Sophomore Darienne Frye ran a strong third in the 100-meter dash, edging out PHS junior Danae Laird, who placed fourth. Freshman Star Sweeden placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and sophomore Heather Conner was fifth in long jump.

The Pawhuska boys’ team scored 29 points in the meet and finished 10th in the standings. Sophomore Warren Graves placed second at 200 meters and was third in the 100-meter event. Graves joined freshman Brian Jeffers and juniors J.R. Young and Mathew Taft as the Huskies’ 4x100 relay squad, which finished fifth after setting the fastest qualifying time, at 45.46 seconds). The same four PHS sprinters took sixth in the 4x200 event. Young placed third in high jump, with PHS sophomore William Merrell tying for fourth.

Lady Huskie freshman standout Aubrie Walker would probably have been a contender in the meet’s 1600- and 3200-meter events had she not been forced to sit out of those competitions while recovering from a pole-vaulting injry.

Pawhuska track coach Mark Frye said the local track squads will compete this Friday in a meet at Catoosa. He added that the Big 8 Conference Meet scheduled next Tuesday probably will be cancelled.