Plainview’s double dip in Class 3A track and field success continued on Saturday.


Plainview’s double dip in Class 3A track and field success continued on Saturday.

The Indians’ girls ran away from Tishomingo 242-82 for the regional title and the boys pulled out a 10-point victory over Frederick, 134-124, to give Plainview two team victories at Madill High School.

Area teams dominated the girls’ events, with Plainview, Tishomingo and Sulphur making up the top 3. Sulphur scored 81.25 to narrowly miss out on second place.

Plainview’s girls set the standard again, coming away with wins in 12 events and several automatic qualifiers.

Alex Davis had two event wins individually in the 1,600 and 3,200, and teammate Rebekah Hickman qualified for state with second-place finishes in each race. C.J. Hornback backed up her state-championship credentials with a sweep of the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Two-time defending 3A high jump champion Abbie Wallace won regionals again with a 5 foot, 4 inch leap. Chloe Thompson was more than a foot better than Lindsay’s Sydney Pracht in the pole vault, landing a 10-6, and Shannon Wilson was a regional champion in the shot put, tossing 38-3. Wilson’s shot was more than three feet better than second place, and the junior also qualified in the discus with a second-place throw of 125-2.

Destiny Lawson won the 200 dash with a 27.01, and Plainview swept the relay with wins in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800.

“We probably have a reasonably good chance to win that at state,” Plainview’ coach Jerry Naylor said of the 4x200.

Hope Salzman qualified in the 100 dash with a third-place 13.37, Alyssa Cunningham was second in the 400 (1:02.23) and Davis was second in the 800 (2:23.59). Katie Lackey also qualified with a third-place finish in the 3,200, giving the Indians all three of the top spots in the event.

Sulphur had event champions in Ebony Harrison (100 meters, 12.99) and Ashley Hughes (800 run, 2:21.10). The Bulldogs also scored qualifiers in Bailee Eldred (400, 1:02.46), Carleigh Neal (long jump, 15-11 1/4), Salina Johnson (shot put, 34-1 1/2) and their 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, which each placed second.

Tishomingo’s Mariah Gunter was an easy winner in the long jump, jumping 16-5 to beat Sulphur’s Neal. Tish also had a winner in the discus, as Tierra McAlpin bested Plainview’s Wilson with a 128-7 throw. Ashley Kucera qualified for Tish in the 100 hurdles (16.80), placing third.

Hailey Frazier of Marietta qualified in the high jump with a third-place 4-10 leap, as did Harrison of Sulphur who also had a 4-10.
Davis’ Lochridge is heading to state via a third-place 15-5 1/2 in the long jump.

PHS, Davis boys stand out

Plainview edged Frederick for the regional crown, led by two event wins by OU signee Tanner Callihan.

Callihan was close to setting a person mark in the pole vault, but just missed 16-0. The senior settled for 15-6 and his fourth regional title.

“I was stupid close. It’s annoying, I’m so ready to get it,” said Callihan, who also won the long jump (20-5), placing one spot ahead of teammate Gary Heller (20-0 3/4).

“I got on a different pole that I knew would throw me over 16, but I got tired.”

Heller won the high jump with a 6-2, ahead of Kingston’s Ethan Davis (5-10), while Kyle Lindsay qualified in the shot put with a 45-9.
Brent Davis is heading to state in the 400 dash, after running to third (52.97), and McKenna Ray will be a multiple event participant for Plainview at state.

Ray placed third in the 110 hurdles, second in the 300 hurdles and second in the pole vault (12-6) Plainview’s boys were second in the 4x800, with Davis assisting on the final leg.

While Ray was a three-event qualifier, Tishomingo’s Logan Blackburn was the rare three-event winner on the day. Blackburn swept the distance runs, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Robert Torres (third, 1,600) and Ryan Hicks (third, 3,200) were each automatic qualifiers in distance events for Plainview.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Blackburn said. “I’ve been winning a lot, but the Chandler kid (Chris Lowery) is pretty good. I haven’t had anyone to push me in the two-mile this year, so that’s what I have to push for.”

Davis’ Dedrien Nowden starred for the Wolves in the sprints and relays, winning the 100 in 11.33 and running the final leg of their 4x100 winning team. His brother, Michael, qualified for the 200 (third, 23.54) and ran a leg on the 4x100. Davis also qualified in the 4x400 relay.

Cole Niblett of Tishomingo joins Ray as a 300 hurdles qualifiers. Lance Lewis also qualified for Tish in the discus with a winning throw of 154-5.

Sulphur’s Haydn Rogers, and Marietta’s Chaz and Denver Sanders each placed third in the pole vault at 12 feet.