The Edmond Sun


March 24, 2014

Santa Fe’s Hunter clears 6-8 in high jump

Bulldogs depth sparks victory

EDMOND — Edmond Memorial’s boys track squad claimed medals in 16 of the 17 events at the annual Santa Fe Invitational Track and Field Meet March 13 to pile up 209 points for the team championship.                                              

Host Santa Fe had gold-medal performances from Demetrious Jones, Brandon Rhone and Josiah Hunter, who cleared 6-8 to easily win the high jump, while scoring 110 points and the runner-up trophy. The Deer Creek boys, paced by first-place finishes by Bryce Balenseifen, Landon Huslig and Cole Verble, finished in third place with 79 points and Edmond North had a gold medalist in Blake Crouch to finish with 58 points.

Not only did Memorial win three of the four relays, the Bulldogs had multiple winners in many of the individual events. The ‘Dogs claimed gold medals in the 400 meter relay with a time of 42.92, the 1600 meter relay in 3:28.78 and the 3200 meter relay in 8:27.36 while finishing fourth in the 800 meter relay.

Memorial’s Robert Charlton sped to a 11.01 victory in the 100 meters with Jalon Smith and Waylan Anderson finishing third and fourth. Chris Ebert ran a 4:44.28 for gold in the 1600 with Ryan Nielson taking third and Jordan Weltzheimer winning the shot put with a throw of 53-3 as David Smith took third with a 49-3 performance.                        

Gabe Thompson ran 2:07.01 and Grey Howard a 2:07.4 to finish second and third in the 800 and Micah Fontaine was second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.35 and Jalon Smith was third in 40.50.

 In the long jump, the Bulldogs scored another 2-3 finish with Warren Wand taking second with a jump of 21.5.5 and Waylon Anderson third with 21-2. David Smith sparked an 18-point harvest in the discus with a silver-medal throw of 148-2 followed by Mark Bryant and Jordon Reed in third and fourth.                    

Josh Minor improved his time in the 400 meters to 53.32, good for a bronze medal and fourth-place finishes were registered by Donovan Nunley in the high jump and the 110 hurdles, Harrison Pierce in the 3200 run and Aaron Charlton in the 200 in a time of 23.09.



Wolves ace high jumper Hunter was all alone at the pit as he left teammate Curran Scott at 5-10. Hunter cleared 6-8 to win the gold, a noteworthy achievement this early in the outdoor season. Hunter has his sight set directly on the state record of 7-0.                                          Demetrious Jones outdueled Deer Creek’s Landon Huslig and Midwest City Caleb Corprew to win the hotly-contested 110 meter hurdle race in 14.6 and Brandon Rhone was the winner of the 400 in a time of 50.82 with teammate Leland Harrison in fourth place.

The Wolves 400 meter relay team was second to Memorial in a time of 43.23 and Jesse Johnston cleared 13-0 to finish second in the pole vault. Christian Powell was second in the 1600 with a time of 4.44.82 and was third in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:50.2. Both the 4X200 and 4X400 relay teams gained bronze medals with third place finishes.



Crouch won gold in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:11.08 and was fourth in the 1600 run in 4:49.64. The Huskies 3200 meter relay team picked up 12 points with a 9:03.05 time and the 1600 meter relay team finished fourth in 3:33.95.

Reagan Harris was fourth in the 300 meter hurdles and Luke Case was fourth in the pole vault, clearing 11-6. Gaining fifth-place points for the Huskies were Kyle Mauk and Matthew Morrison in the 800, Mark Sharpton in the 110 hurdles and Julian Jernigan in the 200.



Balenseifen gave the other distance runners a break as he only competed in the 800 and posted an excellent early-season time of 2:00.05 for the gold medal. Landon Huslig also dipped below the 40-second mark with a 39.21 gold-medal time in the 300 hurdles. Huslig lost the 110 hurdles to Jones by .03 with a time of 14.64.                                                     The Antlers’ 3200 meter relay team placed second to Memorial with a time of 8:37.11, the lowest of the young season by a Class 5A school, the Deer Creek 1600 meter relay team was also second to Memorial with a time of 3:31.20. Drake DiAngelo was fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:09.51.

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