Sequoyah’s back at state after missing last season for the first time in 11 years, taking last week’s regional at Henryetta. Kayla Davis, a junior who was the 400 -meter state champion in 2012, was runner-up overall and freshman Kyle Holmes came in fourth.
The Sequoyah boys have a 27-year streak of making state. The Indians were second and were led by fourth-place Terrance Nofire, who turned in an 18:11. Cayden Salazar was seventh in 18:11 and Cody Christie was eighth in 18:26.
Also at Henryetta, in the 3A boys, Cole Montgomery of fourth-place Eufaula was second in 16:40, trailing Colton Green of Henryetta (16:31) over the 5,000 meter course. Sequoyah had three in the top 10. Terrance Nofire was fourth (16:47), Cayden Salazar seventh (18:11) and Cody Christie (18:26) in eighth.
The 3A girls also saw Eufaula’s Madison Newton take fifth (12:46). Sequoyah’s Taylor Henry was ninth in 13:15 and Keys’ Ali Andrews, finishing 13th, also qualified for state (13:24).
In Class 5A, Tahlequah should be a strong contender on both the boys and girls sides. Zechariah Van Fleet returns as the state runner-up. Mohmed Bassime was 17th at state. VanFleet won the Metro Lakes Conference meet a week ago and Bassime was fourth.
Among the Tahlequah girls, Gracie Medellin was ninth and Amy Hembree, the younger sister of three-time champion Jessica Hembree, was 12th at last year’s state meet. Medellin won the Metro Lakes meet last week. Lindsey Chaffin, 20th at state a year ago, was 11th at the conference meet. Hembree missed the conference meet due to a campus visit to Dartmouth.
Fort Gibson’s Coleman Crawley, who was ninth in Class 5A state at Edmond Deer Creek last year, should be among the 4A boys favorites.
In 6A, Muskogee’s top hopes are Jachai Maxwell and Will Matthews on the boys side and Morgan Springborn on the girls side — its best finishers at the Frontier Conference meet.
The schedule for these regionals, all at Oral Roberts University on Saturday, is as follows: 6A girls, 11 a.m.; 6A boys, 11:45 a.m.; 4A girls, 1 p.m.; 4A boys, 1:45 p.m.; 5A girls, 3 p.m.; 5A boys, 3:45 p.m.