Track Millers place 3rd at PCN meet

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Makari Slaughter takes the handoff from Coyle Berry in 4x100 relay. The Millers finished second in the event. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
WARR ACRES – In one of their earliest season opening meets in recent years, Yukon’s Miller track team came out with a solid showing and with a look of what is to come for the team.
The Millers placed in seven events and finished with 62 points and a third place finish at the Putnam City North Invitational Saturday at Putnam City Original Stadium.
Edmond Santa Fe and Norman ran away with the meet. Santa Fe won the title with 157.5 points and Norman was second with 139 in the 16-team field.
“We had a good first meet, I was pleased with how our relays come together and competed,” Miller head coach Matt Parent said. “Right now, we are nursing several injuries and trying to manage the load on several kids.
“We were nowhere close to full strength for this meet, but we did enough for us, as a coaching staff, to see our potential,” he said. “How we finish in an early season meet isn’t nearly as important as getting the kids well and having them perform at the end of the season.”
The Millers had one second, four thirds and two fourth place finishes on the day.
The 4×100 relay team of
Coyle Berry, Makari Slaughter, Caden Hernandez and Isaiah Butler ran a second place time of 42.89 seconds. The 4×400 relay team of Chris Gerber, Hernandez, Blake Gerber and Butler ran third in 3:32.98 and the 4×800 team of Max Marler, Austin Miller, Eli George and Andrew Daggs took third in 8:42.09.

Blake Gerber clears the final hurdle in the 110 highs at the PC North meet. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

“We ran a great time for the first of the year in the 4×1,” Parent said. “We definitely have things to clean up, but it will come.
“The 4×4 team started the year well,” he said. “Chris and Isaiah had very good early split times.  This relay could really challenge later in the season.
“The two mile relay really dropped their time from the indoor season.  This group is led by freshmen and a sophomore.  They will continue to improve which will help us tremendously as the season goes on.
The Gerber brothers also had a good day in the two hurdle events. Blake took third in the 110 high hurdles in 15.75 and Chris was fourth in 15.76. Chris took third in the 300’s in 40.88 and Blake was seventh in 42.12.
“The Gerber brothers had a good day running the hurdles,” Parent said. “Chris came close to breaking the 40 second mark in only the first meet and we look for him to get under 40 soon. Blake also ran a good time in the 110 hurdles for first time out.”
Geoff Kaiser had a fourth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 21-7 and Cameron Martin was tied for fifth in the pole vault with a 12-0 vault.
Yukon travels to Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness for a meet beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.