Millerettes place second at Sundowner

Jaycee Willingham clears the final hurdle on her way to a second place finish in the 100-meter hudles. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
Yukon’s young Millerette track team was needing a meet that would help them make an early season statement.
It came as the sun was going down.
Yukon finished second in a small, but strong field claiming two gold medals and three silver and three bronze medals, racking up 115 points. Edmond North won the meet and Edmond Santa Fe finished third.
The Millerettes placed in 14 events on the windy night, that affected some times and distances.
“I like hosting the Sundowner, it allows us to get a lot of the girls we have on the team involved and get them some races in,” Millerette head coach Rod Zimmerman said. “Most of the time we are limited to three per event and that means a lot of our team can’t go. “We had a lot participate last night.
“The wind was pretty brutal and affected of course the running but also the field events,” he added. “Several of our girls handled it well though.”
The wind did affect some of the events, but didn’t seem to bother the Millerette pole vaulters, who finished first through third and fifth.
Kyla Davis won the event with a vault of 11-feet and 0-inches. She just missed on clearing the bar at 11-6. Kenadi Hamilton finished second at 9-6 and Maycie Reed was third at 9-0. Jayden Batcheller was fifth at 8-0.
“Our vault group had a good night taking the top three places vaulting and that’s pretty good to have three over nine feet,” Zimmerman said. “The performance that sticks out is Jaycee Willingham’s 300 hurdle race.  She ran well and was in third at about the last 50 meters running into the wind she was able to outrun the two girls in front of her to win the race. She also pr’d running a 49.83, that’s a pretty good time for a freshman in her second varsity meet.

“It’s also pretty difficult sometime to get under 50 for the first time but to do it under those conditions is great,” he added. “She will have a really good season running like that.”
Willingham trailed Edmond North hurdlers Tahlor Brown and Chaya Crittendon going into that final 50-meters, then passed them to win in a time of 49.83 seconds. Brown finished second in 49.91 and Crittendon was third in 51.1. Kasey Was ran fourth in in 52.60.
Willingham also finished second in the 100-meter low hurdles in 16.41 seconds. River Housh finished sixth in 19.26.
The 4×100 relay team of Was, Meya Case, Madison Dean and Ashanti Moore finished third in 54.64 seconds. The B team of Peyton Shriver, Za’maya Artis, Kinsey Reyes and Jaycee Davis finished sixth in 58.60 seconds. Was, Case, Dean and Moore also ran fourth in the 4×200 in 1:55.35.
The 4×800 relay team of Sidney Brown, Lauren Brown, Elora Jones and Desi Walker ran a third place time of 11:18.49.
The 4×400 relay team of Willingham, Savannah Curry, Walker and Case ran fourth in 4:50.41.
Jones finished fourth in the 1600-meter run in 5:54.21 and ran sixth in the 3200 in 13:01.67. Brown was seventh in 13:15.90. Curry had a fourth place finish in the 400-meter run in 1:06.46.
Abigail Camp had a second place finish in the discus with a throw of 83-10. She was also fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4-8 and was fifth in the shot with a heave of 29-6.
Case placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 15-5. Trinity Travis was seventh in 14-8.5.
The Millerettes return to the track for a meet on April 6, at the Midwest City Carl Albert Invitational.