The Edmond Sun


May 19, 2014

Antlers 3-peat; 2 in a row for girls

YUKON — Both Deer Creek track squads came away from the 2014 OSSAA Track and Field Championships at Yukon High School Saturday and there wasn’t a lot of drama involved prior to the presentation of the championship trophies.

The Antlers boys squad coasted to an easy win with 118 points while runner-up Duncan posted 60, third-place Claremore tallied 58 and Glenpool picked up 52. The Antlers were never challenged as they surged to their third straight championship behind a gold-medal harvest by Bryce Balenseifen and Landon Huslig.

Meanwhile, the Lady Antlers had an equally easy time, winning their second state title in a row with 110 points, easily ahead of Shawnee with 59.5 and Grove and Del City with 54 each. Jade Orange and Sheridan Snyder captured gold medals for the Lady Antlers.

Balenseifen continued as the King of Oklahoma high school distance runners as he added gold medals in the 800 (1:57.98), 1600 (4:19.77) and 3200 (10:00.77) to the state cross country championship he won in the fall. For good measure, on Friday, he ran a sizzling 1:55.22 anchor leg for the Deer Creek 3200 meter relay that finished just shy of Claremore. Sharing the silver medals for the 8:07.95 time were Drake DiAngelo, Kyle Sander and Andrew Barton.

Huslig ended up with three gold medals for the day but could just as easily have had four had it not been for an errant hurdle. Huslig had the best qualifying time and the best time in the state in the 110 meter hurdles finals. And he didn’t disappoint, streaking to a 14.77 time for an apparent gold medal.

But meet officials ruled that he inadvertently kicked a hurdle into an adjoining lane which stripped Huslig of his win and allowed the other seven hurdlers to run the race again.

But that didn’t slow Huslig, who came roaring back with a vengeance in the 300 hurdles. He ran a 38.83 to qualify first in the preliminaries and then blitzed the field in the finals for a state-best 37.76 for the gold and teammate Kyle Sander stood beside him on the awards stand with a silver-medal finish in the event with a time of 39.32.

Huslig earned two more gold medals in the 400 and 1600 meter relays. He joined Kiwanis Roberts, Jackson Smith and Caden Sander for a 42.9 triumph in the short relay and was joined by Kyle and Caden Sander and Smith to win the 1600 in 3:21.99,

In the 400 meter relay, the Antlers tied with Del City at 43.15 in the preliminaries but Roberts and Huslig gave Deer Creek enough lead to outlast the Eagles, who were second in 43.06.

Another of the Antlers consistent gold medalists Cole Verble took out his frustrations in the pole vault and leaped 21-10 1/4 to take a silver medal in the long jump. Austin Rochford placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.25 and DiAngelo gained a fifth-place medal in the 1600 with a time of 4:30.92.

Orange got the Lady Antlers off to a good start with a 12.22 time and the gold medal in the 100 meter dash and also won medals on the 400 and 800 meter relay squads.

Snyder took the gold in the 800 meter run with a winning time of 2:22.30. She and Avery Buck finished 4-5 in the 1600 with Snyder running a 5:36.67 and Buck at 5:37.06. Buck and Snyder were joined on the bronze-medal winning 3200 meter relay squad by Sarah Peterson and Ashton England. They ran a 9:56.29.

The Lady Antlers 1600 meter relay team of Sarah Peterson, Alexis Allen, Lillie Martin and Mikayla Lowery ran a 4:02.70 for the silver medal in that event. Also winning silver medals for the Deer Creek squad were Abigail Hoffman, who cleared 10-0 for second in the pole vault and Ashton England, who ran a 11:59.17 in the 3200 meter run. Brianne Kirchgessner claimed the fifth place medal in that race.

The 400 meter relay team of Orange, Alexis Allen, Jessie Heiden and Lillie Martin ran a 49.66 to finish third. Orange, Sara Peterson, Heiden and Martin were fourth in the 800 meter relay with a time of 1:45.81. Orange took a bronze medal in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.57. Jessica Holley tied for third in the high jump, clearing 5-0.

Other medalists for the Lady Antlers include Alexis Allen, fifth in the long jump and the 400 and Sarah Peterson, fourth in the 300 hurdles.

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