5/9/2013 11:41:00 PM SHS track teams eye
success at state meet
By Ron Holt
After finishing with four individual regional championships, Stillwater High's boys and girls track teams look for similar success this weekend in the Class 6A State High School Track and Field Meet at Yukon High's oval.
The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday.
SHS's Pioneers claimed three of the individual regional crowns en route to a second place team finish last weekend at Ponca City.
Broken Arrow's Tigers coasted to the team championship with 261 points. SHS was second with 104 points.
In the girls' division, also at Ponca City, Broken Arrow was the team champion with 222 points, followed by Putnam North with 112 points. SHS
SHS track teams eye
success at state meetplaced fifth as a team with 48 points.
Senior Noah Gade led the Pioneers as he captured regional championships in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run with times of 4:39.65 and 10:01.03, respectively.
Gade, who won a state cross country individual title this year and was named the Gatorade Cross County Runner of the Year, was pushed to the wire by BA's Garrett Morton in the 1,600 and the Tigers' Kyle Broaddrick in the 3,200.
The Oklahoma State signee worked hard this week in an attempt to add a track individual state title to his collection.
Sophomore Brandon Prather was the other individual regional champ for the Pioneers as he won the long jump with a leap of 21-00.5.
SHS's Ty Smith was third in the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.94 and teammate Sam Smith finished third in the 800-meter run in 2:03.23. Senior Aaron Patterson was third in the discus with a heave of 127-08.
The Pioneers also had third place finishes in the 4x200 relay and the 4x400 relay.
Senior Abbie Woods was the lone Lady Pioneer to claim a regional gold medal as she won the long jump with a 17-11 jump.
She also medaled in the 400-meter run, finishing second in a time of 1:02.30.
"I was familiar with the people running the 400 because that's what I've run the most," said Woods. "But, I didn't know very many people who compete in the long jump since this was only the third time I've ever competed in the long jump in a meet.
"I wasn't sure what to expect but after the first jump I felt I did pretty good. I thought I had a chance to do pretty good," she said. 'I feel good about the state meet and think I can do better than I did in regionals."
Junior Becca Worthy took second place in the pole vault with a leap of 10-0 and the Lady Pioneers' 4x200-meter relay team placed third.
Jenks and Union finished first and second, respectively, in both the boys and girls' divisions at a Class 6A east regional meet at Tahlequah last weekend.