For the second time during the 2012-13 school year, Suburban Conference rival Deer Creek soured Shawnee’s hopes for a state title repeat.
The Lady Antlers capitalized on some timely sprinting and were able to capture the 2013 Class 5A state track team title Saturday at Yukon High School. Defending champion Shawnee came in as the runner-up with 96 points, a mere 5.5 points behind Deer Creek.
“We executed near perfection on all fronts, but Deer Creek capitalized on some vacancies,” said SHS assistant coach Kendra Ray. “It was a bittersweet end, but we’re very proud of those girls.”
It was also Deer Creek that derailed the Lady Wolves’ bid for a repeat of their 2011-12 Class 5A state basketball championship.
Shawnee was not without some quality performances in the two-day state track meet. The Lady Wolves netted state championship finishes in the 1,600-meter and 3,200 meter relays, and broke the 4-minute mark in the 4x400 with a new school-record time of 3:59.86. Shawnee’s preliminary time in that event was 4:02.71.
The 4x800 team finished with a top time of 9:44.64, and Shawnee’s 4x200 relay team placed fourth at 1:45.19.
Jasmine Robinson led in both hurdle events following Friday’s preliminary round, and she was able to stay on top to win the 300-meter hurdle with a finals time of 45.01 seconds. Robinson was runner-up in the 100 hurdles at 15.33.
Paige Hughes was first in the 800-meter run at 2:21.13, and she was runner-up in the 1,600-meter run at 5:30.93.
In the field events, Maddie Rutherford tied for third in the pole vault at 10 feet, and Vanz Hurst tied for fifth at 9 feet. Lynsey West tied for 14th at 8 feet.
Kelsey Simmons, a freshman, was third in the 400-meter dash with a school-record time of 58.38 seconds. Her qualifying time Friday was 59.75 seconds.
Allegra Sloan was eighth in the 200 dash at 26.63, and Adrein Sloan was eighth in the 400 dash at 1:00.54.
Tate Mocabee placed 15th in the 800 run at 2:45.54, while Sadie Cullison was 15th in the 1,600-meter run at 5:55.67. Katelynn Downs was 14th (13:04.90) in the 3,200-meter run, and teammate Daylan Storie (13:05.46) was 16th.
Veangele Williams placed 15th in the long jump at 14 feet, 2 inches.
“It’s been a very spectacular season,” Ray said. “It’s a special group. They’re like a family. They’re such hard-working girls. They’re an amazing group of girls.”
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For Shawnee’s boys, Josh Waite was 13th in the 800 run at 2:05.16, and he was 15th in the 1,600-meter run at 5:02.77.
The Wolves’ 4x800 relay team placed 15th at 8:50.56, and Javon York was 16th in the long jump at 18 feet.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.