Pawhuska boys, girls capture championships

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Pawhuska’s boys and girls track teams won their regionals last Saturday at Okemah. Here, they celebrate their victories. Courtesy: Charity Harper

Pawhuska High School’s boys and girls track and field teams won their regional meets Saturday in 2A competition at Okemah. The boys tallied 98 total points, one more than second-place Wewoka. The girls scored 113 points, 40 more than second-place Warner.

The boys were first in a field of 21 teams while the girls were first in a field of 16 teams. The Okemah regional was one of four 2A regionals.

Outstanding individual performers for the Lady Huskies included sprinter Haley Grooms, who finished first in the girls 100 meter dash; Bobbi Walker, who was second in the girls 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the girls 300 meter hurdles; Shelby Laird, who was fourth in the girls discus and first in the girls shotput; and Jordan Nelson, who was sixth in the girls discus and sixth in the girls shot put.

Outstanding individual performers among the Huskies included Andrez Ramirez, who was fourth in the boys 200 meter dash; Mason Gilkey, who was first in the boys 400 meter dash; Evan Frye, who was fourth in the boys 400 meter dash; Hunter Fanning, who was fourth in the boys high jump; Tre Harper, who was second in the boys pole vault; and Bryce Drummond, who was first in the boys discus throw.

“It was a tough regional,” PHS coach Mark Frye said Monday. “It turned out to be a good day; pretty windy.”

Frye said he anticipated Pawhuska will have participants in 10 events for the boys and 9 for the girls in upcoming state competition in Oklahoma City, with more than one athlete taking part in some events. He also anticipated having four athletes who would be entered in four events each.