The Edmond Sun

April 7, 2014

Balenseifen, Huslig spark Antlers

John Martin
Special to The Sun

BROKEN ARROW — Deer Creek Antlers Golden Twins, Bryce Balenseifen and Landon Huslig, continued their dominance of the 2014 outdoor track and field season taking two gold medals each at the power-packed Broken Arrow Invitational March 29.            

With host Broken Arrow, Jenks, Tulsa Union, Muskogee and all the other Eastern track powers in the field, the local duo encountered no problem in their specialties.

Balenseifen continued his sterling performances in the middle distance races, establishing a new personal and Class 5A-best time of 2014, 1:56.35 to win the 800 meters. Mark Middleton of Tulsa Union was second in a 6A-best time of 1:57.06.                          

In the 1600, Balenseifen finished first in a time of 4:34.54, considerably below his state’s best time of 4:28.36, set at Norman in early April. Runner-up was Cody Jones of Jenks, who finished in 4:35.78.

Huslig remained undefeated in his drive for a repeat state championship in the 110 meter hurdles as he claimed the gold at Broken Arrow with a winning time of 14.82 (his season best is 14.64). Durrell Davis of Jenks was second with a time of 15.50.

Huslig ran a 39.21 to win the Santa Fe Invitational against a strong field for his season best. At Broken Arrow, he won first in 40.05 with Broken Arrow’s Ike Armstead second in 40.69.

The Antlers finished in third place in the team race behind Jenks and Broken Arrow.

Cole Verble placed second in the pole vault, matching his season best by clearing 13-6. The Antlers’ 1600 meter relay team picked up 16 points with a second-place finish behind Jenks and the Deer Creek 3200 meter relay squad also won the silver medals in a time of 9:01.00.

Austin Rockford was fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.46 and the 800 meter relay team also placed fifth. Gabe Buckles cleared 5-10 for sixth place in the high jump.

In girls competition, Jade Orange uplifted the Lady Antlers to a third-place finish in the team standings behind Broken Arrow and Jenks. She was second in the 100 with a time of 12.74 and also took the silver in the 200 with a time of 27.55. Jessica Holley also claimed a silver medal with a 4-10 height in the high jump.

Third-place medals went to the 800 meter relay team, Sarah Peterson in the 100 hurdles, Abigail Hoffman in the high jump and the 3200 meter relay team which gained a time of 10:34.20.

Deer Creek’s Sheridan Snyder ran a 5:47.21 for fourth place in the 1600 meter run and Ashton England was fourth in the 3200 meter run in 12:24.95. Lillie Martin was sixth in the 200 and the 1600 meter relay team placed sixth.