Led by a pair of relay wins and a strong performance from sophomore Kelsey Simmons, the Shawnee Lady Wolves ended the 2013-14 school year with a bang, finishing second at the Class 5A state track and field championships at Yukon High School.
Simmons won the 400-meter dash in dominating fashion, then anchored a win in the 3200 relay on Friday and one in the 1600 relay in the meet’s final event on Saturday.
Those three victories formed the bulk of the Lady Wolves’ 59.5 team points, which was five points better than three other teams for second place.
Edmond Deer Creek ran away with the state title with 110 team points.
The Wolves’ seventh place team finish was highlighted by Devon Watts’s unusual win in the 110-meter hurdles. Watts finished seventh in the original running of the race, but apparent champion Landon Huslig of Deer Creek was disqualified for a violation.
The race was rerun 20 minutes later, and Lytle took nearly a second off of his previous time to win the state title.
The Wolves nearly had a second individual title, but a late stumble by Malique Lytle resulted in a second place finish in the 800 meters.
Lytle had led most of the race prior to his stumble just short of the finish line. He would go on to win the event in the Meet of Champions in Moore the following week.
Two other local athletes also won state championships. Seminole’s Leah Knighton won the 4A girls shot put title, while the Chieftains’ Papi White won the 4A long jump for the second straight year.
White also had two silver medals in relays, helping to lead the Seminole boys to a fourth place finish in the team standings.