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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Local track teams shine at OBU Invitational

  • Shawnee, Seminole and Prague all had strong showings at the OBU Invitational Track Meet on Tuesday.
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  • Three local teams finished in the top-five of the team standings at the OBU Track Invitational on Tuesday.
    The Shawnee Lady Wolves finished just five points behind team champion Norman North in the large school girls division, while the Wolves finished fifth on the boys side.
    The Seminole Chieftains earned a fifth place finish in the small school boys division.
    For the Lady Wolves, wins in the 400 meters, the pole vault and the 1600-meter relay, as well as strong showings in the other relay events, helped them earn 148 team points.
    Madison Rutherford cleared 9-6 to win the pole vault event by six inches over Owasso’s Makena Labarr.
    Kelsey Simmons was the only competitor to break the one-minute mark in the 400-meter dash, winning the event by nearly three seconds.
    In the 1600 relay the Lady Wolves were mainly competing against themselves, as Shawnee entered five teams in the competition.
    The Lady Wolves also added a second place finish in the 800 relay and a third place finish in the 400 relay.
    Other medalists for the Lady Wolves included Tiffany Gardner’s second place finish in the 100 hurdles, with teammate Taylor Chamblin close behind in third. Ashley Gonjou finished third in the 300 hurdles.
    Emily Hall finished third in the high jump with Lynsey West in fourth, while Haley Palmore finished fourth in the 100-meter dash.
    Gardner also finished third in the long jump, with Veangele Williams fourth. Williams also had a fourth place finish in the 200 meters.
    On the boys side the Wolves finished second in two relays and two individual events to power their fifth place finish.
    Shawnee was second to Lawton Mac in both the 400 and 800 relays.
    Isaiah Strayhorn earned a silver medal in the long jump to go along with a third place in the high jump. Maliq Sharp was second in the discus.
    Finishing third for Shawnee were Shadrach Smith (100 meters) and Coby Barham (pole vault), while Davon Watts was fourth in the long jump and the 110-meter hurdles.
    Shawnee track will compete at OU on Friday.
    Seminole wins seven medals
    The Chieftains had runner-up finishes to Mannford in the 400 and 800 relays and got a win in the long jump from Papi White to finish fifth in the small school boys division.
    White leaped 22-5.25 to finish two feet ahead of his nearest competitor. White also had a third place finish in the 100-meter dash.
    Other medalists included Charles Thomas and Ryan Meeks, who were third and fourth in the high jump.
    Leah Knighton was the only medalist for the Lady Chieftains, winning the shot put with a distance of 41-1.5
    Page 2 of 2 - Prague finishes sixth
    Prague finished sixth overall at the OBU Invitational, earning 37 team points.
    Jayden Knight captured fifth place in the discus event and Josiah Snyder placed sixth place in long jump.
    Miranda Opela took home second in the 400 meters while teammate Ella Schultz finished sixth.
    Alberta Snowden added a fourth place in the 800-meter race.
    Opela, Michaela Farril, Savannah Hilburn and Abbey Brunson earned the Red Devils a third place in the 4x800 meter relay race.
    Shultz, Opel, Farril and Janay Nix ended with third place in the 4x400 meter relay.
    Prague competed in the small school division, which consisted of schools in the 4A division and below.
    Henryetta was first in the team standings.
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