Jumpers lead way at Vinita track meet

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

VINITA — Pawhuska High School track and field athletes got primed and ready for Thursday’s PHS Invitational meet by competing successfully in Vinita Saturday.

Coach Mark Frye’s Huskies and Lady Huskies grabbed individual gold medals and finished fourth in the team competitions, which involved 14 other teams in Classes A through 4A. (This year, Pawhuska is in Oklahoma’s 2A classification.) The PHS boys combined to score 67 points and girls squad scored 68 points.

Kyleigh Riebel successfully defended her Vinita title in the 300-meter hurdles. The superb sophomore defeated a local favorite by about a 10-foot margin.

Haley Mouser exhibited her all-state form in repeating as the Vinita meet’s champion in girl’s high jump. Her 5 feet-6 inch winning height was eight inches better than the second-place finisher.

William Merrell of Pawhuska narrowly missed winning the boys’ high jump title, finishing second with a personal-best clearance of 6 feet, 2 inches. The junior tied the height of the winning jumper, who was awarded first place because he had fewer misses. Merrell also placed second in the 800-meter run.

PHS junior Nathan Richardson was the winner in the pole vault. His vault of 11 feet was a foot higher than the runnerup. Daniel Parks, another junior member of the Huskies’ squad, finished fourth by clearing 7 1/2 feet.

Lady Huskie senior Erika Barker placed second in girls’ discus with a throw of 96 feet, 3 inches.

The Lady Huskies’ 4x200 relay team (comprised of Riebel, senior Keylee Kirk, junior Darienne Frye and sophomore Star Sweeden) also placed second, while the 4x400 relay (Sweeden, sophomore Heather Conner, Mouser and Riebel) as well as the 4x800 unit (senior Genie Herren, sophomore Aubrie Walker, Mouser and junior Madelyn Priest) finished third.

Also blazing to a second-place finish was the Pawhuska boys’ 4x100 relay team — consisting of senior J.R Young, sophomore Brian Jeffersand juniors Ben Gray and Warren Graves).

Richardson added a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. He also was fifth in the 330-hurdle event.

For the Lady Huskies, Frye was third in the 100-meter hurdle event, while senior Bailey Sutherland came in sixth.

The 4x200relay squad of the Huskies (junior Tyler Wilson, Jeffers, Gray and Graves) came in fifth.

In the boys’ 3200-meter run, junior Tristen Tucker finished fourth. Walker was seventh in the girls’ two-mile event. At 1600 meters, Walker placed eighth among the girls’ and Tucker was ninth for the boys.

Lady Huskie long jumper Conner finished fifth. In the girls’ 100-meter event, Frye finished sixth and Danae Laird took seventh.

Graves sprinted to a fourth-place showing in the boys’ 100 meters. Young won his 100 heat and finished seventh overall. At 200 meters, Graves came in sixth.

In the junior high competition, freshman Kiki Taylor of the Lady Huskies was second at both 100 and 200 meters. On the boys’ side, Ryan Parks placed third in the 800- and 1600-meter runs.

Thursday’s meet at Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium is scheduled to get underway around 9:30 a.m. It should conclude around 3 or 4 p.m.