MADILL — In a display of strength worthy of the reputation of its school, the Madill track team had a stellar day hosting the Class 4A OSSAA regionals Saturday, with both the boys and girls teams sending multiple qualifiers to the state meet.


NOTE: This is a continuation of Sunday’s Class 3A-4A regional meet summary.

MADILL — In a display of strength worthy of the reputation of its school, the Madill track team had a stellar day hosting the Class 4A OSSAA regionals Saturday, with both the boys and girls teams sending multiple qualifiers to the state meet.

“I thought we ran some of the best times we’ve ran all year,” Madill coach Milton Cooper said.

The Wildcats sent 15 total qualifiers, eight for the boys and six for the girls, while both squads also had excellent total team scores. The boys finished second as a team, while the girls took fourth.

Qualifying for the Madill boys were Caleb Muncrief in the 100-meter dash, Tony Ibarra in the 400, Jose De La Cruz in the 1,600 run, Garrett Brannan in the 300 hurdles, the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, and both Colton Clement and Michael Austin in the pole vault.

On the boys side, Muncrief performed even above his own expectations. The renowned sprinter once again qualified for the state meet in the 100, clocking a season-best 10.87 to cruise to the regional title.

“He’s coming around just at the right time and looked really smooth today,” Cooper said. “The last part of the race has been his weakest part, but it wasn’t a factor this time.”

The team’s excellent results in the pole vault were also a welcome surprise for Madill. Clement’s 12 foot, 6 inch mark tied with second-place finisher Steven Harns of Broken Bow and was nearly a foot-and-a-half higher than Austin’s.

The result comes after Clement suffered a fairly severe abrasion just a week earlier on his back.

“He’s just a great competitor,” Madill coach Ron Love said. “He fought through it and had a great day today.”

The relay dominance wasn’t limited to the boys. The girls also sent a strong contingent, with Madill’s 4x400 and 4x800 relays also qualifying for state.

“Our relays really stepped up,” Love said.

Perhaps the most remarkable facet of the 4x800 relay team was not its blistering time (a 10:18.43 mark that bested second-place Seminole by more than 13 seconds) but the exceptional youth of the group. Every member of the squad was a freshman.

“How about that,” Cooper said with a chuckle. “We’re going to be pretty tough in that event for the next few years.”

One of the legs of that relay, Lindsay Gregory, earned a dominant individual win in the 3,200 run, besting the second-place finisher by nearly 20 seconds despite a nagging blister on the bottom of her foot that she admitted has affected her speed.

“It started hurting a few weeks ago during a meet at OBU,” Gregory said. “We got a lot of the puss out, but it still bothers me a little when I’m running.

“Hopefully by state, it will be gone, but if not, I’ll just push through it.”

Among other area teams in the event, Dickson had just one qualifier, but the Comets’ Richard Barnard made it count, qualifying for both the 400 and 800 with back-to-back third place finishes. Lone Grove also got a qualifying time from Cody Jones in the 110 hurdles, who finished second with a 16.09.

The 3A-4A state meet is Friday and Saturday at Ardmore High School’s Noble Stadium.