A break in the Oklahoma weather and superb conditions at the Deer Creek track resulted in some excellent performances at the annual Oklahoma Mile Night celebration Tuesday.
Daniel Nickell of Lawton MacArthur, the OSSAA Class 5A champion in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs, posted the fastest time of the evening as he zipped to a 4:20.45 to barely edge Sam Bass, running unattached, who finished a step behind in a time of 4:20.69 in the featured race in the high school boys division.
Nickell won the State Championship in the 1600 in 4:25.04, knocking more than 5 seconds off his time of three weeks ago.
Collen McLain, running unattached, was third, and rounding out the top-10 were Blake Cope of Piedmont, Phillip Semien of Westmoore, Trevor Sallee of Guthrie, State Class 6A Champ Steven Clark of Deer Creek, Johnny LaFortune, unattached, and Parker Jackson of Edmond North.
Jack Reed and Aj Antonelli of Deer Creek along with the Shawnee duo of Kyle Henry and Clifford Littleton were in the top-15 in the talented field.
In the other boys division of the 1600, Class 2A's Jackson Stinnett of Moreland was the winner in a time of 4:33.30, an improvement over his time of 4:41.28 in the State Class 2A championship.
Stinnett finished ahead of Hunter Hart of Westmoore (4:33.97), Jacob Frieson of Edmond North (4:40.21), Gilbert Velez of Deer Creek (4:43.34) and Noah Plum of Edmond Memorial (4:46.36).
Mercy Dement of Guthrie was the winner of the girls division, covering the 1600 meters in 5:29.48 for the gold medal. She was followed by Riley Coleman, who won three medals in the State 2A championship in 5:32.08, the Edelen sisters from Deer Creek, Haley (5:37.52) and Kendall (5:46.58), and Mallory Woods, running unattached.
Winner of the Open Division for women was local marathon veteran Kristi Coleman, who had a winning time of 5:08.07. The Men's Open winner was Espen Ekadis in 4:51.55 followed by James Strahorn (4:52.62) and Trey Woods (4:52.69).
Sophia Maag of Norman was the winner of the girls 3200-meter run in a time of 11:19.28.