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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Ardmore girls 2nd at Carl Albert Invitational

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  • OKLAHOMA CITY — Freshman Zoe Booker led Ardmore's girls to a second-place finish at Carl Albert, winning the 800 and running the first leg of the Tigers' winning 4x800 relay.
    Booker (2:29.18) and Destinee Howell (2:29.53) finished 1-2 in the 800, and the Tigers placed in 14 events as a team. Booker was also the first leg of Ardmore's 4x400 team of Howell, Kevi Davis and Marshelle Stubblefield, which placed second (4:16.68).
    Ardmore tied with Westmoore for second with 100 points. Yukon was the meet champion with 106 points.
    "Overall, we did pretty good," Ardmore coach Brenda McHatton said. "We had a rough start in the 4x100 (dropped baton). After that, the 2-mile relay came back and won that and they just kept performing."
    Kristin Benson was second in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches), and Celia Caro set personal records in the 1,600 and 3,200. Caro also ran a leg on Ardmore's winning 4x800 relay team of Booker, Davis and Howell. The 4x800 team set a personal record of 10:08.54.
    Ardmore will compete at Marietta on Friday.
    Ardmore boys bounce back at Carl Albert
    Ardmore's boys rebounded nicely from the Yukon Classic last week with three top 5 finishes at the Carl Albert Invitational on Tuesday.
    Ardmore scored 18 points to place 10th.
    The 4x100 relay team of D'Vron Roberts, Easton Gordon, Jamarcus Mills and Jeff Surrell was fourth (44.2) behind all 6A schools.
    "We had some inexperienced kids running that," Ardmore track coach Corey Russell said of the 800. "We're just gonna keep working hard to get into that place.
    Surrell was fourth in the 400 (54.00), Daylen Baker placed third in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 10 inches, and freshman O.J. Walker finished first in his heat in the 100 meters. Kain McCullough ran an 11.70 to place third in his 100 heat.
    "We've got a lot of young kids," Russell said. "We're just a young team trying to get ourselves developed to compete against top-tier teams in the state and region.
    "I think we'll be pretty solid going into regionals, running against 5A teams."
    Russell said he was pleased with the way the team rebounded after not placing at a deep field at Yukon on Friday.
    "I thought they bounced back," Russell said. "We got to the second round in the 4x100; I was disappointed we didn't make it in the 4x400. They've been resilient and are trying their best."
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