YUKON — Jed Helker captured four gold medals to spark the Edmond Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs used tremendous balance as both teams won OSSAA Class 6A track and field championships at Yukon on Saturday.
Helker, the state's most decorated cross country performer, carried his skills in the distance races into the track competition. He started early on Friday, joining Cole Lindell, Blake Rice and Jay Keifer to win the 3200-meter relay final in a time of 8:11.12, well below the Bulldogs' season best, but plenty good enough for the gold medals and 20 points for the EMHS total.
But he wasn't through as he toed the line for the premiere distance race, the 3200-meter run. No problem for the Bulldog ace, either, as he easily took the gold with a time of 10:01.37.
Helker continued his assault on the scoreboard on Saturday as he sped to a 1:58.75 winning time in the 800-meter race. The race was close, with Mustang's Cameron Mills finishing second in 1:58.93 — just above Helker's teammate and relay buddy Jay Keifer, third in 1:59.50 to give the Bulldogs 16 more points.
After a short rest, Helker was back on the track for the grueling, end of meet 1600-meter run. Again, he was more than equal to the task as he crossed the finish line for his historic fourth gold medal in 4:32.92 in a spirited battle with longtime foe, Ansel Pendley-Griffin of Norman, who was almost a full second behind. Keifer again contributed two points with fifth place medal in 4:39.51.
The Bulldogs got valuable points from the other two relays as Dakari Charlton, Luke Wideman, Jerome Carter and Brenden Mitchell combined for a 42.34 to take second place in the 400-meter relay. In the half-mile relay, Josh Strauss joined Charlton, Carter and Mitchell for third place in 1:27.78.
Additional points were gained by Charlton, who finished with four medals including third in the 100 meters in a personal best 10:42 and fifth in the 200 in 22.1. Cole Lindell was fourth in the 400 meters in 49.64. The Bulldogs scored no points in the field events, but they didn't need any, grabbing enough points for the team state championship on track events alone.
The Lady Bulldogs did not get a single gold medal but scored points in 12 different events to outpoint neighbor Edmond North, Southmoore, Broken Arrow and Tulsa Union for the championship trophy.
Silver medals were won by Erin Talbot, second in the discus with a throw of 136-4, and Alysheia Joseph, second in the 100 in 11.63. The Lady Bulldogs were third in three relay races. Joseph was also fifth in the 200 with a time of 25.82.
The team of Terri Misialek, Shekinah Oleyede, Taylor Norman, and Joseph combined for a 48.20 for third in the 400 meter relay and were also third in the 800 meter relay in a time of 1:42.94.
The 3200-meter relay of Malia Hixon, Vegan Jones, Jaci Oplotnik and Adeline O'Connor clocked a 9:48.10 for 12 more points.
Third place medals went to Crislyn Cole, 37-9 3/4 in the shot put with Jaden Basset fifth in 36-9, Taylor Norman, 18-0 in the long jump, and Katelyn Levings, 5-4 in the high jump.
Adeline O'Connor was fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:18.15 and sixth in the 400 in 59.58. Mary McKey was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 46.0.