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Prep Sports

April 20, 2013

Improved, but not satisfied: MHS 800 relay cuts time but want to top that

Even with their best time of the season in the 800-meter relay, Xandrea Maxwell thinks she and the Muskogee Lady Roughers can do better.

The four runners knocked a full two seconds off its previous best time and finished in third place in the race at the Rougher Invitational under a cloudless sky at Indian Bowl on Friday, clocking a time of 1 minute 46.30 seconds. Maxwell ran the anchor, or fourth, leg on the relay.

“We can knock off more time,” she said. “We just have to work hard in practice. I ran that race in my comfort zone and I have to come out of that. I could’ve beaten that girls from Jenks for second place.”

The Lady Roughers finished fourth in the 400 relay (50.81 seconds) and third in the 1,600 relay (4:12.59).

Like Maxwell, Nunley wasn’t pleased.

“I could’ve run stronger than I did,” Nunley, who ran the third leg, said. “I think if we stay in shape as a team and work hard, we’ll do  better.”

Maxwell, Nunley and Myangel Thomas ran all three relays for coach Angie HIllmon. Zomaree McNac replaced LIllian Thompson in the 1,600 relay.

Hillmon thought all of her relays improved, but she’s not going to ease off in practice with the Frontier Conference  meet on April 25 and the regional meet on May 4.

“Our times are coming down,” she said. “You can always get runners in shape, but it was hard to work on exchanges because of the weather earlier in the season. We’re getting better.”

One athlete who is sure he can do better is Tahlequah high jumper Brandon Conrad. He won the event Friday by clearing six feet, two inches.

He has his sights set higher. Conrad’s personal best this season has been 6-6 earlier this season at Coweta.

“I wanted to get 6-8,” the junior said. “I figured if I was going to jump higher, I might as well have tried it in this meet. I just came down on the bar a couple of times today. This has been my most consistent season, but I’m ready to go 6-8.”

Meanwhile, Tahlequah’s Eric Garcia finished second in the discus with a throw of 143 feet, eight inches.

Muskogee’s Dexter McGriff came into the meet with a season-best throw of 144-1 but had a disappointing showing and fourth-place finish of 136-9.

“My (right) shoulder was really tired because I’ve been doing a lot of stuff this past week to get both of my shoulders stronger,” he said. “I also warmed up too much. I could’ve pulled a first place, but this was just a regular meet. By the time we get to conference and regionals, I’ll be fine.”

Elsewhere in the meet, first-place performances were turned by Warner’s Raven Girty in the shot put  (37-7), Tahlequah’s Jordan Roach in the high jump (5-0) and the Tigers’ Aaron Eversole the 800 (1:58.97).

No team totals were kept.

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