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May 4, 2014

Warner girls runner-up finish leads state-bound tracksters

To the surprise of no one, Warner’s girls rose to the occasion in the Class 2A regional track meet at Oologah on Saturday and exhibit number one was Kailey Kilpatrick.

The freshman was a double-winner in individual events. She fashioned a time of 5 minutes, 55.46 seconds in the 1,600 and 12:57.36 in the 3,200. Both were clear runaway times.

In fact, the closest to her were teammates Becky Kauffman (6:15.88) and Taylor Duerson (6:24.37) in the 1,600 and Jessica Kauffman was second in the 3,200 (14:53.02).

The wins send all of those Eagles to state next week but Kilpatrick, the reigning cross country champion in 2A, will go as a clear favorite to add to her fall success.

“She’s sitting in the top (ranked) spot in both with probably one other girl in the state that can challenge her,” said Warner coach Mindi Peters. “I thought for our girls to finish 1-2-3 in the mile was just super. All my girls showed up today, dug in deep and showed a lot of guts and heart.”

Kilpatrick, Becky Kauffman, Allie Davis and Baylie Short placed second in the 3,200 (10:44.63) and Short, Britney Hammans, Davis and Lessley Davis will go as runners-up in the 1,600 (4:29.41).  Tonkawa was tops in both, 10:34.84 in the 3,200 and  4:16.74 in the 1,600.

Warner’s girls, who  with 140 points finished second to Tonkawa’s 149 as a team, weren’t just strong in the distance events. Raven Girty was third in the shot put (36 feet, 4 inches), Robin Goodreau was third in the discus (97-5),

 In the middle-distance events, Morgan Barton, Chelsea Anderson, Lessley Davis and Short ran 1:55.68 in the 800 relay and took third. Brittany Hammans, Allie Davis and Becky Kauffman were 3-5 in the 800 with Hammans a lock for state at 2:39.74. The other two with times of 2:39.83 and 2:40.38, will have to wait to see if they qualify as at-large entries. The top three in each regional and the next four best performances statewide qualify.

Same in the 200 for Lessley Davis, who was fourth in 27.90 but only .85 seconds behind Afton’s Daylee Osburn. Davis did, however, qualify as the runner-up in the 400  (10:03.99).

Darian Hammans will go in the 300 hurdles (53.03), finishing third, and awaits news on the 110 hurdles (16.98) where she was fourth.

Hulbert’s Dixie Capps was fourth behind the three Warner girls in the 1,600 in 6:24.92 and will await word based on all results.

Warner’s Mekko Washington was third in 52.44 in the 400, ran the anchor leg of the third-place 1,600 relay (3:38.05) which included Clint Kite, Zac Jones and Dakota Bean, then did the same with Jeremiah Hart, Zac Rowell and Jones in the 3,200 (9:02.74). The Eagles have hopes of a state trip in the 800 relay where the same foursome ran 1:36.75 to finish fourth, just two one-hundredths of a second out of an automatic qualifying spot.

Hulbert’s Tery Cook won the discus in 141-07 and was fifth in the shot put. Gore’s Jacob Polk will go as the 110 hurdles champion  (17.46), third in the long jump (19-1 1/4) and possibly as an at-large in the high jump where he was fifth.

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