City, area track athletes get state medals
YUKON The OSSAA Class 5A and 6A track state meet began on Friday at Yukon High School, with hundreds of athletes filling Miller Stadium to compete for state championships in their respective events.
Multiple southwest Oklahoma schools took part in the festivities, impressing the state with several memorable performances resulting in some medal stand appearances.
Here are some of the highlights from the first day of competition:
Drapeau dethrones defending high jump champ
Keith Drapeau chose the perfect day to perform the best jump of his career.
After a runner-up finish in the high jump last season, the junior from Elgin wanted more for himself, and he got just that. Drapeau cleared a personal record height of 6 feet, 8 inches, edging out favorite Gregory Whittenberg of Del City to earn him the OSSAA Class 5A high jump state championship at Yukon High School at the state meet on Friday.
"I just wanted to reach higher heights, of course, and win. I was stuck at 6-06 all season I couldn't get higher. Coming into this meet, I knew I had to take care of business because I knew (Whittenberg) had done better every week coming in, and he was going to clear something, I had to clear it."
Whittenberg, who won the event last season, finished with the 6-08 mark as well, but a scratch on his first jump at that height kept him from retaining the title. Drapeau, on the other hand, cleared it on his first attempt.
Eisenhower's Mark Berry competed in the event as well, getting on the medal stand with a fourth-place jump of 6-2.
Although Berry aspired for a top-three finish, he said he was pleased with where he ended up.
"I honestly feel good because I haven't practiced on the high jump, but I got fourth," Berry said. "I could've done better, but I just gotta keep working hard and it'll pay off next year. Whatever you put in is all going to come out, and that's all I have to say."
In the girls' events, Duncan's Savannah Reynolds took second in the high jump with a leap of 5-04.
Milton cruises to shot put title
Capturing state title runs in the Milton family.
Duncan's Rosaria Milton made easy work of the competition in the shot put, claiming her the state championship with a throw of 41-02, two feet ahead of runner-up Sadie Boos of Bishop Kelley. The win marked the second in the event for Milton's family, for her sister, Jamesia, claimed the title in 2012 with a state record heave of 44-08.50.
Jamesia also won the state title in the discus throw in 2010.
"It feels great knowing I could follow in her footsteps," Milton said. "She's the one who led me on to track, so it feels good to be able to win."
Milton saved her best throw for last, for the 41-02 mark was the best of her career. Her furthest toss of the morning prior to the personal best was 38-10. She placed fourth last season at 38-05.50.
Although she was reasonably satisfied with the result, Milton said it was bitter sweet knowing that was her final meet as a Demons.
"I don't know how to feel about it," Milton said. "It was sad, but I'm happy."
Meanwhile, Connor Roddy of Duncan placed second in the boys shot put with a toss of 51-09.
Chao flies to 2nd placein pole vault
Alexis Chao improved her performance at the state meet once again, winning second in the pole vault at 10-6. Grove's Megan Tramel finished the four-year sweep of the event, winning with a vault of 11-6.
The MacArthur senior came into the meet with a goal of 12-0 after clearing 11-0 last week at the regional meet, but she said the mounting pressure held her back from reaching that height.
"I just felt like there was a lot of pressure going on," Chao said. "I know I could've done better, but I put too much pressure on myself because I wanted it really bad, especially knowing this was my last track meet."
Chao has one more chance to correct her mistakes, though, when she competes in the Meet of Champions at Moore High School on Tuesday.
"Although I didn't do my best today, I think I'll feel a lot more confident at the Meet of Champions next week," Chao said. "I'm just going to keep practicing this weekend to get it right."
Ike boys place 4th in 4x800
Less than three weeks ago, Eisenhower didn't even have a 4x800 team.
On Friday, it found itself on the medal stand at the state meet.
In only their time racing in the event, the team of Nicholas Cousin, Miguel Ingram, Wallace Cofield and Kaleb Tipton logged a time of 8 minutes, 32 seconds to finish fourth. Carl Albert won the race with a time of 8:15.
Duncan placed sixth in 8:34.