YUKON — Entering the 2018 Class 5A state track meet, the Ardmore Lady Tigers were hoping to trade in their two consecutive state runner-up finishes for a state title this season.

YUKON — Entering the 2018 Class 5A state track meet, the Ardmore Lady Tigers were hoping to trade in their two consecutive state runner-up finishes for a state title this season.

Unfortunately, the breaks didn’t fall for the Lady Tigers at Miller Stadium over the weekend, but they managed to earn the state runner-up trophy for a third straight year, following a rough opening day on Friday.

Ardmore found itself in fifth place in the overall standings entering the final day of the competition, but managed to rebound in a big way, finishing only behind Del City in the standings and 22 points ahead of third placed Tahlequah with 72 points compared to 50 for THS. 

“Overall I’m very proud of these girls,” Ardmore coach Brenda McHatton said. “We knew we had to beat Grove in order to be state runner-up. We brought 17 girls here this year to compete, and going into the mile relay, those girls stepped up and did what they had to do.”

“We could have easily folded in the mile relay,” McHatton added. “By that time we knew we weren’t going to be state champions. But those girls came out and ran their best time of the season and so I’m super proud of them for finishing strong like that today.”

It was a successful afternoon for Tieronay Banks and Quintaija Armstrong, as they both finished in the top-three in the 200 meter dash event.

Banks was the state champion with a time of 25.63, while Armstrong took third overall at 26.45.

Amaya Gordon also found her way to the medal stand in the 400 meter dash, finishing fifth with a time of 1:02.11.

Banks and Armstrong also found their way to more state medals along with Amaya and Sierra Gordon in the 400 meter relay, which Ardmore took second in with a time of 49.23.

The same four ladies also ran the 800 meter relay for Ardmore, grabbing the silver medal with a time of 1:44.68.

But it was in the 1600 meter relay that these four Lady Tigers saved their best performance, as they managed to win the state championship, getting the better of rival Del City with a time of 4:04.57.

Freshman Shakira Smith got her first taste of the medal stand at state as she earned a fifth place finish in the long jump event with a leap of 17’2.50”.

Lauren Blankenship finished 13th overall in the shot put event with a toss of 33’4”.

Jentry Lemons finished 15th in the pole vault event for Ardmore, clearing 7’6”.

Amari Booker competed in the discus throw event for Ardmore, finishing 14th overall with a throw of 95’10”.

As for the Tigers, they also managed to come away with a couple of medals from the state meet, while finishing 10th overall in the standings. 

Junior Brayden Bryant left his mark in a big way as he won the state title in the shot put event with a toss of 53’4”. Teammate Sitani Lemeki finished 10th overall in the event with a throw of 44’10.25”.

Jakwan Anderson managed to make the finals of the 100 meter dash, finishing eighth overall with a time of 11.12.

Anderson was joined by Donald May, Tero Roberts and Eean Ross in the 400 meter relay, as the Tigers reached the medal stand by placing fourth overall with a time of 43.57.