PHS boys, girls place fifth, eighth

Mike Erwin |

The Pawhuska High School track and field teams will head to Okemah for Saturday’s Class 2A Regional.

Last week, coach Mark Frye had said the local squads could be assigned to any of the four 2A Regional sites, except Sulphur. Other teams at Okemah, in addition to the host Panther squads, include Allen, Canadian, Sallisaw Central, Ft. Towson, Haworth, Howe, Konawa, Mounds, Pocola, Preston, Quinton, Savanna, Soper, Talihina, Warner, Wetumka, Wewoka and Wright City.

The locations for this year’s Class 2A State Meet will be at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City. State competitions are set May 5-6.

Thursday, the PHS Huskies and Lady Huskies participated in the 3A-and-under meet at Catoosa.

Huskie senior William Merrell won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches. Jumpers from Sequoyah and Adair cleared six feet.

Nathan Richardson, another PHS senior, won the pole vault. He cleared 13 feet to take first by a half a foot over the runner-up. Pawhuska’s Daneal Parks was fifth, over at 11-6.

The Huskies finished sixth in the team standings, with 63 points. Sequoyah-Tahlequah won the boys’ team title by scoring 106 points, followed by Holland Hall (89 points), Beggs (86) and Dewey (85). Millwood placed fifth with 84 team points. Following PHS, there was a big dropoff to seventh-place Stroud’s 21 points. The Woodland boys finished eighth with 17 points. In all, 22 boys’ teams scored points in the meet.

In the boys’ 100-meter dash, Huskie seniorWarren Graves ran 11.11 and finished second to Millwood’s Demariyon Houston (10.86). Graves placed third in the 200, with a time of 22.97, 1/4th of a second out of second place. Dartagnon Stone also ran.

The PHS boys’ 4 x 200 relay (seniors Tyler Wilson, Ben Gray and Graves, and junior Brian Jeffers) took third (1:34.6) behind Millwood (1:30.86) and Beggs (1:33.1). The 4 x 100 relay (Wilson, Jeffers, freshman Evan Frye and Graves) was fifth (45.11 seconds) behind winner Millwood (43.21).

Placing fourth was the Huskies’ 4 x 800 in (8:58.24). and the PHS boys’ 4 x 400 unit took sixth (3:40.31).

In the boys’ 3200-meter run, Tristen Tucker of the Huskies placed sixth (10:38.93). Braden Clapp of Woodland won the event with a time of 10:18.72.

Tucker was eighth at 1600 meters (4:49.74), with Clapp third (4:41.40). Will Merrell 17th at 400 meters (55.79) and Andrez Ramirez finished 20th (55.89). Tre Harper also competed in pole vault. Evan Frye 13th in long jump at 18 feet and 1 1/2 inch. Hunter Hurd placed 20th (15’07). Ben Gray also jumped.

Pawhuska’s girls earned 34 points to place eighth out of 21 scoring teams. Millwood finished first and Adair was second.

The Lady Huskies’4 x 200 relay unit (sophomore Kiki Taylor, junior Star Sweeden and freshmen Tatyana Curry and Alyssa Reynolds placed second, finishing approximately 3 1/2 seconds behind Millwood, but more than a second ahead of third-place Porter.

Pawhuska’s girls’ 4 x 100 relay (Taylor, Sweeden, Curry, Reynolds ) took third and the 4 x 400 relay placed ninth (4:34.39).

Curry finished fourth in the girls 200 meters (27.49 seconds). PHS sophomore Rayven Stone finished fifth in the long jump, stretching out to 15’04.00. Mercedes McCaffrey competed at 800 meters and in the high jump., Aubrie Walker placed eighth in pole vault 6 feet 6 inches, where Alexis Moreland also competed.

Other Pawhuska competitors included Jennifer Ware, Allyah Wahwassuck and Lynlea McGuire in discus, and junior Ashley Henley and McGuire in shot.

Coach Mark Frye’s PHS track squads were scheduled to defend their Big 8 Conference titles Tuesday at Hominy.