The Edmond Sun
MIDWEST CITY —
Luther High School came away with two state championships at the OSSAA State Track and Field Championships at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City last weekend. The Lions’ boys squad finished with 47 points to finish in fourth place in the team standings.
Easily the most excitement generated by the Luther tracksters came in the boys 400 meter relay when Steven Northerton came from well back in the pack to nip the anchor runner from Colcord at the tape to give the jubilant Lions the gold medal, in 45.14, just a hair ahead of Colcord’s 45.15. Joining Northerton on the victory stand were Tyler Snedeker, Teighler Pollard and Maurice Wright.
The Lions had qualified second behind Northeast at regionals by a slim margin but came back to run a 45.06 for the top qualifying time in the preliminaries at state, giving them the coveted Lane No. 4 for the finals. Northeast was a distant fifth.
Colcord appeared to have the early lead but after the first exchange, the two teams were even. Northerton took the baton about eight yards behind Colcord but had both the inside lane and with his pony tail bobbing in the stiff north breeze, gradually made up the difference and unleashed his finishing kick to lean across the finish line just one-hundredth of a second the winner.
Northerton, Pollard and Snedeker joined forces with Cody Spess to claim another medal, this one in the 1600 relay. Northerton had started his busy day by claiming the silver medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.26. In all, Pollard and Snedeker made four trips to the awards stand. In addition to their two relay medals, Snedeker completed a difficult double with medals for fourth in the 800 in a time of 2:04.4 and sixth in the 400 in 55.10.
Pollard, meanwhile, sailed 21-4 to win third in the long jump and had a 23.28 to win third in the 200.
Other regional medalists who qualified for state for Luther were Northerton, Hayden Keuttler and Maurice Wright in the high jump and Colton Kuhlman in the shot put and discus.
Junior Carly Anderson continued her dominance in the 100 hurdles as she zipped to a 15.52 for the best qualifying time and then won the gold medal in the finals with a 15.71 and an eight-yard victory over second place. Anderson, who also qualified for state in the 100 and the 300 hurdles, flew out of the blocks, hit the first hurdle in perfect stride and then easily pulled away to claim the gold medal.
She didn’t make the finals in the 100 and had a string of bad luck in the 300 hurdles. She hit two hurdles and then was brushed by another competitor on the fifth hurdle and failed to make the medal stand.
Also qualifying for the state meet for the Lady Lions were Kaitlyn Morphis, who qualified third at regionals and Jessica Beuhrer who qualified in both the shot put and discus.