Lady Huskie high jumper wins state title

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Lady Huskie high jumper wins state title

Twice before, state championships had barely eluded Haley Mouser — but not this time.

On Monday, under clear blue skies at Moore High School, the irrepressible high jumper of the Pawhuska Lady Huskies proved to be the best in Oklahoma Class 3A…and well beyond.

Following a near miss as a freshman (she was the state runner-up) and last year, when she placed third, Mouser cleared the bar on her first four attempts to establish a four-inch margin of superiority over the other 16 state qualifiers.

Mouser, a PHS junior, secured that elusive 3A championship in the same dominant fashion that has won gold medals at nearly every regular-season meet of her prep career.

And, with the state meet still only a couple of hours old, there would be more to come from Mouser and 14 other teammates for the Huskies and Lady Huskies.

With the 3A track-and-field championships headed toward the finish line Tuesday afternoon, the Pawhuska squads had accumulated several more medals.

Lady Huskie junior Sarah Phillippi won her second straight silver medal with a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, while PHS freshman Kylie Riebel placed third. In the other hurdling event for girls, sophomore Darienne Frye came in sixth.

Freshman Aubrie Walker of Pawhuska placed seventh in the 3200-meter run and was 16th at 1600 meters.

Lady Huskie sophomore Heather Conner placed seventh place in the long jump.

Junior Ericka Barker was 13th in the girls discus. Senior Kortney Barnhary finished 15th in the 100-meter dash.

The Lady Huskie 4x100 relay team (Barnhart, Phillippi, Frye and junior Denae Laird) finished seventh.

For the PHS Huskies, sophomore Warren Graves qualified in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints. He finished 12th and 11th, respectively, in the two events. The Pawhuska boys’ 4x100 relay (Graves, junior J.R. Young, freshman Brian Jeffers and junior Matt Taft) placed 14th. Sophomore William Merrell was 12th in the high jump and junior J.R. Young finished 19th.

Mouser may be returning to Moore next Tuesday, March 19, to compete in the 2015 Meet of Champions. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association, the invitational event brings together the first- and second-place finishers from all state classes. Last year, Mouser finished third in the high jump at the Meet of Champions; as a freshman, she came in fourth.