Special to The Sun
The Deer Creek Antlers appear to be on the verge of moving up into Class 6A competition of Oklahoma high school athletics. Both boys and girls track squads appear ready to make that move if their performance in the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Meet of Champions in Yukon Tuesday carries any weight.
Fresh from state championships in both divisions at Yukon on Saturday, the Antler squads returned to Yukon and captured the featured 400 meter relay in both girls and boys division in impressive fashion.
In addition, Deer Creek sprint champion Otuga Ananaba showed the small school boys how to run the 100 meters as he repeated his state championship gold medal with a 10.75 clocking for the gold. He was followed by Hunter Boykin of Cushing, Andre Seymore of Glenpool and Papi White of Seminole.
Lady Antler star sprinter Kirsten Burnett finished second to Edmond North's Jade Patton in the 100 meters, but came back strong in the 400 meter relay to beat two squads from Edmond.
Burnett took the anchor baton even and sped home to give the Lady Antlers the gold in a time of 49.52. Edmond North was second in 49.73 and Edmond Memorial was third with a time of 49.90. The Lady Bulldogs captured the state 6A crown while Deer Creek was the 5A winner. But the Lady Bulldogs were passed by Edmond North, which drew an at-large bid after failing to finish the championship finals.
Burnett was joined on the victory stand by Lillie Martin, Jesse Heiden and Sara Peterson.
A clock malfunction in the boys 400 relay robbed the Antlers of an official time but did not deny them the victory with small schools Glenpool, Seminole and Luther pushing the Bulldogs from Edmond Memorial all the way down to fifth place. Ananaba had a huge lead when he took the baton for the last leg of the relay and coasted home with the victory.
Jared Rayburn, Joel Blumenthal and Zonley Loomis joined in the gold-medal celebration.
In addition to Jade Patton's victory over Burnett in the 100, Shaquan Burris of Memorial was the winner of the 200 meter dash in a time of 25.03. Burris was fourth in the 100. Quinn Patterson of North was third in the 200 with a time of 25.70.
Merritt Ogle of Memorial cleared 5-4 to take third place in the girls high jump.
There was a definite Deer Creek-Edmond flavor to the boys hurdles races. The Antlers' Landon Huslig posted a 39.09 in the 300 hurdles with 6A champ Caleb Corprew of Midwest City second at 39.75.
In the 110 meter hurdles, Tim Posey of Haworth showed the big boys how it's done as he zipped to a 14.37 to outdistance Jesse Cossey of Edmond Memorial, Mark Sharpton of Edmond North and Donovan Nunley of Memorial to claim top honors.
In the 3200 meter relay, Memorial, which won the 6A state crown with a time of 7:55.88, clocked a 8:31.24 to claim silver behind 4A champion Anadarko.
In the boys 3200 run, 5A state champ Bryce Balenseifen was third behind Colton Green of Henryetta and Ben Barrett of Norman North. Jake Woodson of Deer Creek cleared 14-6, good for third place behind 6A studs Quenten Thayer of Norman and Tommy Dial of Jenks, both successful at 16-0.
Memorial's David Smith was second in the discus with a throw of 168-10.