Brandon Conrad, Tahlequah
If nothing else can be said about Brandon Conrad, he can be best described as consistent in the high jump.
The junior won the event at five meets this season and he cleared 6 feet, 6 inches at the state meet in Yukon and tied McAlester’s Zach Skimbo. Conrad, though, came close to the personal best clearance of 6-8 but barely brushed the bar with his legs on his final two attempts.
“I was feeling good at state. I thought I could beat him,” he said. “I was already over the bar those two times, but I didn’t kick my legs hard enough.”
Conrad has another year to work on the high jump as he’ll back for his senior year.
“I just want to get more consistent with my steps,” he said. “If you get your steps down, that goes a long way to determine how you do over the bar.”
Conrad will also continue to be on the track. He ran the third leg on the 400- and 800-relays as well as the 200-dash for the Tigers this spring.
Still, the high jump is his best event.
“We actually overjumped him last year and he got into a slump,” Tahlequah coach Bart Frank said. “We spent more time on his steps and timing than actually jumping. That helped him.”
Jordan Roach, Tahlequah
Roach had success jumping and running this season for the Lady Tigers.
She cleared 5-2 to finish second in the state meet to Grove’s Emilee Iverson (5-6).
She also ran the anchor leg on the 800-meter relay that fell just short of a school record with a time of 1:46.39. The record is 1:46.28. She also ran anchor on the 400- and 1,600-relays this spring for the Lady Tigers.
Like Conrad, her event is the high jump and she’s signed a scholarship to do that at Oklahoma Baptist University.
“I started high jumping when I was in fifth grade because it was something different,” she said. “I loved the challenge of it. Once I realized my potential in it, I focus more on that.”
Roach attributes her success to her mental approach this spring.
“I just had a better mindset this season. I also worked on that more than the physical aspect,” she said.
The physical aspects weren’t bad either.
“She has a good take off and speed,” Lady Tigers’ coach Elzy Miller said. “She ran cross country and used that as conditioning for the high jump this season.”