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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • 5A track regional: Baker wins shot, discus, Ardmore 5th

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  • EDMOND — Ardmore's boys track team posted automatic state qualfiers in five events at the Class 5A regional meet Saturday at Edmond North High School.
    In cold and windy conditions, the Tigers had their most success in the field event, as Daylen Baker swept the discus and shot put titles.
    Baker won the discus with a throw of 132 feet, 2 1/2 inches and won the shot put with a 48-8 toss. Teammate Brenden Hemingway also qualified for state in the discus with a fourth-place finish (123-7 3/4).
    "Daylen has worked hard," Ardmore coach Corey Russell said. "Coach Minkely has worked hard with him and Daylen has improved himself in the weight room.
    "We're just thrilled to death for Daylen. The same thing for Hemingway. He's just gotten better and better every week. Those kids have worked their tail off."
    The Tigers also got automatic qualifying times from Jeff Surrell in the 100-meter dash (fourth, 11.33) and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Easton Gordon, Surrell, D'Vron Roberts and Jamarcus Mills ran a 44.51 in the 4x100 and Gordon Surrell, Carter Swanson and Keeton Conway ran 3:37.87 in the 4x400.
    Ardmore placed fifth as a team with 45 points. Deer Creek won the regional 269-106 over Carl Albert.
    The 6A-5A state meet will be Friday and Saturday at Yukon High School.
    "It was a tough, tough day for us with a lot of competition, " Russell said. "We've actually improved from our start date. We know that we've gotten better, but we've got to work for consistency."

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