PHS girls, boys snare 2nd-place finishes

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Excellence on sprint relays is at the core of the success of the Pawhuska High School track teams. In this image, Alyssa Reynolds, left, prepares to hand the baton to teammate Tatyana Curry, right, during a recent meet. Photo: Hunter Hurd

Both the Pawhuska girls and boys track teams finished second April 22, in the Wildcat Relays at Covington-Douglas. The girls finished second overall with 79 points, trailing only the Thomas girls. The boys finished second overall with 82 points, trailing only the Thomas boys.

Sprinters led the way for the Huskies and Lady Huskies. Both the girls and boys won 56 of their points in sprint relay competitions. The girls finished first in the 400 meter relay, first in the 800 meters and second in the 1600 meters. The boys finished first in the 400 meter relay, second in the 800 meters and first in the 1600.

For the boys team, Andrez Ramirez finished second in the 200 meter dash, Kelvin Davis was fourth in the long jump, Tre Harper was second in the pole vault and Bryce Drummond finished third in the discus.

For the girls team, Tatyana Curry finished fourth in the 200 meter dash, Bobbi Walker was third in the 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, Jaiden Crawford was sixth in the 100 meter hurdles, Shelby Laird was fifth in the shot put and Lynnlea McGuire was third in the discus.

In the Vinita meet on April 16, both the Pawhuska girls and boys finished third. PHS showed strength in sprint relays. Evan Frye and Mason Gilkey finished first and second in the boys 400 meter dash. Bryce Drummond finished first in boys discus.

The Pawhuska High School boys and girls track and field teams also posted high finishes April 11 at the Inola High School Invitational meet.

The PHS boys finished second with 84 team points, trailing only Catoosa in a field of 14 teams. The PHS girls tied for third place overall with Adair at 87 points each in a field of 14 teams.

Pawhuska got off to a strong start in the track events, with the boys 4X100 meter relay team taking a first place and the girls 4X100 meter relay team taking a third place. The boys would go on to take a first place in the 4X400 meters, as well.

Strong individual performances Thursday included Mason Gilkey and Evan Frye finishing first and second, respectively, in the boys 400 meter dash, and Haley Grooms taking second in both the girls 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Andrez Ramirez took third in the boys 200 meter dash.

Lynnlea McGuire was first in the girls discus and Bryce Drummond was first in the boys discus. Shelby Laird finished first in the girls shot put, with Lynnlea McGuire right behind her in second. Tre Harper was third in the boys pole vault.