By CHRIS EDENS
Nine Oologah athletes punched tickets to the state track meet after outstanding performances at the Oologah regional Saturday.
“We had three first place finishers and three second place finishers so it was a great meet for us,” said Oologah boys coach Austin Upky. “I couldn’t have a better group of kids representing us at state.”
Oologah hosted the 2A and 4A track regional. The Oologah boys took fourth as a team.
The athletes had to deal with wet conditions and unseasonably cool weather. Students were under tents covered in blankets trying to stay warm between events.
Oologah claimed the top two spots in the 4A shot put. Junior Tyler Base took first with a 51′ 8″ throw. Sam Noble took second with a 45′ 3″ attempt.
Freshmen Breyden DeSpain won the long jump with a 19′ 7″ leap. Graham Bright tied for first in the pole vault clearing the bar at 11 feet.
Sophomore Tristan Owens took second in the 1,600m run with a time of 4:36.7 and second in the 3,200m run with a 9:58.62 time. Owens finished behind senior Baylor Harvey ofClevelandin both events.
Sophomore Payton Craig took third in the discus with a 135′ 11″ toss. Kole Koenig also qualified for state in the discus and Drew Humphrey qualified in the pole vault. Koenig and Humphrey finished outside the top three at their regional, but their best attempts were one of the top four non-placers in 4A.
Brooke Hill was the only state qualifier from the girl’s team. She finished second in the discus with a 111′ 9″ throw.
The state track meet is Friday and Saturday atArdmore.