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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Wolves winners in 4x100; Sulphur girls take home two state titles

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  • Michael Nowden couldn't find many words to describe it, so he just called it what it was.
    "I don't know ... it's crazy," the Davis senior said of his team's performance at the Class 3A state meet. "To have no track and to still win track meets.
    "It's crazy."
    Davis certainly didn't look like tracksters without a home on Saturday, as the Wolves ran to a fifth-place finish in the state meet with just a six-man squad. The Wolves won the 4x100-meter relay and placed in five other events.
    Not bad for a team that doesn't have a track at its high school to run on. Either the Wolves run on grass or use tracks at Wynnewood or Sulphur a few times a week to get in work.
    Coach Jody Weber, who said he's stepping aside as track and field coach next year, said it was a perfect sendoff by his shorthanded (and short of a track) crew.
    "They all performed like crazy today," Weber said. "They just spent a lot of time. We don't flub handoffs ... we got in good enough shape to come here and perform at the right time. I couldn't be more tickled for these kids."
    Blake Summers helped Davis place in four events. The sophomore was sixth in the 200 dash (23.39), scored a personal best in the long jump (third place, 21 feet, 2 1/2 inches), ran a leg on the third-place 4x200 team and was a part of the 4x100 triumph.
    Not even the field was safe from the Davis 6. In the field, Ryder McCaskill tossed 48-6 in the shot put, good for fourth place.
    Dedrien Nowden placed sixth in the 100 (11.40) and ran the anchor leg of Davis' winning 4x100 team of the Nowden brothers, Summers and Mitchell Scott. The Wolves beat out a blazing Millwood squad by one-tenth of a second (44.51 to 44.52).
    "What was really crazy was that we were able to win it and we didn't run our best time," Weber said.
    Millwood, paced by 100 dash champion Janari Glover, got its revenge in the 4x200, as the Falcons beat Lincoln Christian and Davis (1:33.70). But Davis still has the satisfaction of its 4x100 glory.
    "We ran real hard," Dedrien Nowden said. "Even with that wind on the second leg, he (Summers) kept on pushing."
    Logan Conyers joined the Nowdens and Summers on the 4x200 team to complete the six men on a mission. With far more firepower, Lincoln Christian won the 3A title with 70 points, one point better than Frederick's 69.
    Only 27 points separated Davis (44) from the top.
    Not bad for a half-dozen.
    Sulphur girls: Strong, fast and smart
    Sulphur's girls almost completed a rare triple crown this weekend at Noble Stadium.
    Page 2 of 3 - The Bulldogs came home with two state championships — one in the field, one in the classroom — but missed out on one on the track.
    Salina Johnson provided the strength, winning the 3A shot put title with a throw of 38-9, and the Sulphur girls all provided the brains, bringing home their second consecutive academic state championship.
    Sulphur has won two consecutive academic state titles in both track and field and cross country.
    "It feels amazing," Johnson said. "I started off horrible, then it was my last throw of 38-9. I loved it."
    Johnson said she improved significantly working with University of Oklahoma and Big 12 champion shot put thrower Tia Brooks. Johnson worked with Brooks four times during the season.
    "I started to PR every track meet, so I knew I was gonna improve today a lot more," Johnson said.
    Carleigh Neal placed second in the long jump (16-11), the 4x400 team of Tierani Richardson, Bailee Eldred, Ebony Harrison and Ashley Hughes was fourth (4:18.64). Hughes placed second in the 800 run (2:21.62).
    Sulphur placed sixth as a team with 42 points. Beggs won the girls title 96-70 over Millwood.
    Notes
    Tishomingo's girls were 12th as a team with 14 points. The Indians placed fourth in the girls 4x100 relay (52.68) and Mariah Gunter placed third in the long jump after winning the event as a junior.
    Despite not repeating as champ, Gunter was pleased with her performance, who said Gunter had her best jump of the season (16-6 1/2) Saturday.
    "The girls that jumped farther than me did really good today," Gunter said. "But I was proud of myself because my jump was my best this year."
    Houser was also pleased that the Indians' relay team was able to jump up a few spots after qualifying sixth.
    "We stretched our handoffs a little bit and all four of the girls performed real well," Houser said. "We were hoping to move up one and actually moved up two. I was very well pleased with them."
    "I was proud because we were sitting seventh but we ended up fourth," Gunter said. "All of us got out good, we ran good and at the end Infiniti (Cheadle) kept our lead."
    For Marietta, Caleb Fincher of Marietta was fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.50), Abbie Winchester was sixth in the girls high jump (5-2) and Mallory Sykora was second in the pole vault (9-0).
    Sykora was disappointed in her performance, but will return next season as a junior. She was sixth as a freshman in the pole vault.
    "I knew I had to clear 9-6 to at least win," Sykora. "It's really important to get team points though, so I was happy to still be able to place high."
    Page 3 of 3 - For Tishomingo, discus thrower Travis Ward was fifth with a 128-2. Sulphur's Haydn Rogers placed fourth in the pole vault (12-6).
    Marietta's girls were 18th overall with eight points. In boys, Sulphur was 25th (4) and Tishomingo tied with three other schools for 30th (2).
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