5 Huskies go to ‘Meet of Champions’

Mike Erwin |

A swift quintet is expected to be representing Pawhuska High School in Tuesday’s “Meet of Champions” at Moore High School.

Lady Huskies’ state champion Kyleigh Riebel will be facing a crowded field in the 300-meter hurdles. Riebel won the event going away 10 days ago at the Oklahoma Class 2A State Championship Meet in nearby Western Heights.

“They’re probably going to have two heats in the girls’ 300,” PHS head coach Mark Frye said. “Most of the (Meet of Champions) races will be lucky to fill the lanes for the finals.”

A junior, Riebel lost only once in the 300 hurdles all season — and that was by a short stride against a larger-class field. At noon Tuesday, she was one of 11 entered in the MOC event.

The Huskies’ 4 x 100 relay also is entered at Moore. Comprised of seniors Tyler Wilson and Warren Graves, junior Brian Jeffers and freshman Evan Frye, the PHS boys placed fourth at state.

“But, we weren’t far from getting second,” the coach said.

Tuesday’s midday list showed 14 schools from four different classes were entered in two heats of the boys’ 4x100.

Graves won four medals at the 2A meet. He also is a Meet of Champions’ entry in the 200-meter dash — which was one of three events in which he took third at state. Only five runners had entered the 200 race at Moore.

Sponsored annually by the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association, the all-classes MOC exhibition has traditionally struggled to draw full fields. Frye said that’s because it can only be scheduled during the final week of the school year.

“There’s just so much going on,” said Frye. “We should have been able to bring at least one of our girl relays — but there were one or two members of every team that had something else to do.”

Last year, nearly a dozen PHS athletes were entered in the MOC.

Custom medals will be awarded to the top six placers in each event. The meet was scheduled to begin around 6 p.m.