By Chuck Reherman
NORMAN – Yukon crowned two regional champions, set a school record and will send eight events to the class 6A state meet this week.
The Millerettes finished fifth overall in the regional tournament at Norman and will send eight events to the state meet this Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe.
The Millerettes finished with 69 points. Edmond Memorial won with 236 and Westmoore was second with 137.
It was a great day,” Millerette head coach Rod Zimmerman said. “I felt everyone competed well and we had several girls involved in regionals.
“Kyla (Davis) had another good meet with some great vaults. She broke her school record again this week clearing 12-11 and was our first of two regional champions.”
Davis beat her record of 12-10 she set last week at Duncan and just missed on setting a new state record.
Davis Crabtree had her personal best and finished second, clearing 10-0.
Avery Stanley had the other regional title, winning the 1600 in a time of 5:27.27. Stanley also qualified in the 3200, finishing second in 12:05.19.
She also anchored the 4×800 relay team along with Harper Barlow, Emily Schneider and Kailan Parks that finished third in 10:01.87, their best time of the year.
“Avery had two good races in the 3200 and 1600,” Zimmerman said. “She ran both races very smart. In the 3200 she put herself in a good spot early where she could easily qualify and conserved energy for later. In the 1600 she was trying to not lead a lot of the race but in the second lap she had to go on up to the front and that turned out to be the best decision in the race because right after that there was a collision between the girls running in 2nd and 3rd and one went down causing problems for a few of the other runners. Avery was out in front of all of it and wasn’t affected and went on to finish as out second regional champion of the day
She is competing in the most events next week, she got in in both of the relays and the two open races and I think could have gotten in in the 800 also if we had wanted to go that route.
“The 4×800 I felt good about even before the season started, we felt there would be more depth there than we have but even during cross country we were talking about the potential this group had. They have gotten faster and learned how to run the race better as the year has gone on.”
The Millerettes qualified in the 4×400 relay (Audrey Boyd, Haley Downing), Alyssa Luke and Tayor McMahan) with a third place time of 4:09.81.
The 4×200 relay team of Nariyah Parks, Downing, Boyd and McMahon an a fifth place time of 1:49.67 and the 4×100 team ran a sixth place time of 52.42 seconds.
“The 4×400 was something that developed as they year went on,” Zimmerman said. “We started out a leg or two short and as the girls got better and we could see more of what they could do we started moving people around to try to find a combination that
could potentially qualify. Also the number of girls who want to work hard and be on that relay has grown over the season also. The girls had a great race at regionals to get into state.”