Ardmore freshman sprinter Christin Russell won the 100- and 200-meter dashes Saturday at the Bishop McGuinness Irish Invitational, leading the Tigers to a sixth-place finish.


Ardmore freshman sprinter Christin Russell won the 100- and 200-meter dashes Saturday at the Bishop McGuinness Irish Invitational, leading the Tigers to a sixth-place finish.

Russell ran a 12.2 in the 100 and a 26.32 in the 200 for the victories. Destinee Howell added a winning time of 2.26.06 in the 800 run, and Celia Caro was first in the 3,200 (13:19.29) for Ardmore’s other event wins. Caro was also third in the 1,600.

Kaitlyn Cronemeyer was sixth in the shot put (31-6 1/2) for the Tigers, and Gabby Agers was second in the discus (99-5 1/2).

In relays, Ardmore’s 4x400 team of Kiana Rambo, Emelia Evans, Russell and Howell placed sixth, and the 4x800 team of Howell, Caro, Rambo and Evers came in fourth.

Boys excel despite loss of key members

The Ardmore boys team placed fifth at the Irish Invitational, despite missing several team members to college enrollment.

The Tigers were without Kenyon Gordon (sprints, relays), Devin Gordon (relays, distance, hurdles), Trevon Lawson (throws) and Conner Boatright (throws).

“We did alright with a partial team,” Ardmore coach Chuck Minkley said. “We had to put kids in different positions they’re not used to, but we expected to have to go do that.

“Now, we can concentrate on the rest of the season.”

Jeff Surrell placed in both the 100 (third, 11.19), 200 (third, 23.15) and ran a leg on the Tigers’ winning 4x100 relay team. Ardmore’s foursome of Surrell, D’Vron Roberts, Devin Swearengin and Jywayne Allen ran a 43.55 to beat Lawton MacArthur’s 44.24.

Trenton McFatridge was sixth in the 1,600 and Daylen Baker was sixth in the shot put. Roberts was fifth in the 100 and Swearengin was fourth in the 200.

Allen, the three-time defending state champion in the 400-meter dash, did not participate in his premier event.

Ardmore also placed sixth and fourth, respectively, in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

Tennis

Ardmore’s Morales, Dao 2nd at Duncan

DUNCAN — Ardmore’s tennis teams put two players into finals matches and had six place finishes overall in the 16-team Duncan tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Leading the way for the Tigers was No. 1 boys player Devin Morales and Vince Dao at No. 2 singles. Morales and Dao each placed second, falling in straight sets to Heritage Hall in each of their respective matches.

Dao opened with a three-set super tiebreaker win over Norman High before sweeping Duncan and Anadarko in straight sets.

“Morales and Dao did an excellent job reaching the finals,” Ardmore coach Becky Dickinson said. “Our boys and girls teams are playing with lots of confidence.”

In girls’ play, Alex Morales was sixth at No. 1 singles and Savannah Pfau was fifth at No. 2 singles.

The girls No. 1 doubles team of Sadie Pfau and Maddy Seals was fourth, as was the No. 2 doubles team of Claire Ocheltree and Katie Pinson.

The Duncan tournament was the final event before postseason play for the Tigers. On April 30, Ardmore’s girls will play at Duncan for 5A regionals, while the boys will play at Heritage Hall on May 7.

“That’s what this week we’re focusing on,” Dickinson said of regionals.