Big things come in small packages.

Big things come in small packages.

This was never more clear than on June 24 from Cherokee High School when members of the Southern Oklahoma Track Club and the Wilson Community Center took part in the 2017 USATF Oklahoma Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships from Cherokee High School.

In total 49 athletes from the area punched their tickets to the regional meet later this month, which will take place in St. Charles, Missouri.

In the boys results, it was 10 year old James Valadez getting off to a solid start in the 1500 meter run, finishing fifth overall with a time of 6:07.48. In the 13-14 age division, teammate Taijean Murray finished seventh with a time of 6:17.53.

Southern Oklahoma Track won the boys 8U 400 meter relay with Jamane Stubblefield, Kobe Booker, Tyson Laster, Jadence Wright, Cameron Swindall II, Bryan Lawson Jr. and Jordan Simpson registering a time of 1:05.39. 

Swindall II finished second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:16.65, with Laster claiming fifth overall with a time of 1:21.84.

Valadez ran in the 9-10 division, finishing eighth (1:20.16), while Dylan Parnacher ran in the 17-18 division with a time of 52.01 for fourth place.

There were three 8U runners in the 100 meter dash as Jadence Wright finished fourth (15.82), Jamane Stubblefield fifth (15.91), and Kobe Booker eighth (16.89). Derrick Adams ran in the 11-12 division earning third at 13.63.

Swindall II won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:58.23, with Valadez fourth in his division at 2:50.42, and Adams earning fourth in the 11-12 division with a time of 2:42.79.

Adams missed out on the finals in the 200 meter dash after finishing sixth in the prelims. Wright earned second overall in his division at 32.60, while Stubblefield was sixth overall (33.76).

Tyson Laster, Kobe Booker, Jordan Simpson, Cameron Swindall II, Bryan Lawson Jr., Jamane Stubblefield and Jadence Wright ran the 1600 meter relay, winning with a time of 5:56.07.

In the 11-12 Javelin, Antoine Florence earned sixth overall at 12.19 meters.

In the 9-10 shot put, Dontiavan McGee-Williamson earned second overall at 6.18m. Florence earned fifth in the 11-12 division at 6.31m, while Quade Derryberry was second in the 15-16 division at 11.19m.

Derryberry finished second in the discus throw at 30.12m, while Florence was fourth overall (11.83m).

Lawson Jr. finished sixth in the long jump, with Ricky Smith eighth in the 13-14 division, with Jamar Stubblefield 10th overall in the division. Quincy Walker finished eighth in the 15-16 division.

Meanwhile for the girls, in the 1500 meter race Lilyana Valadez finished fifth (8U), with Ofelia Stumblingbear eighth (9-10), Presley Caldwell fourth (11-12), and Destiney Adams sixth in the 13-14 division. Other finishers in the 13-14 division included Joslyn Stumblingbear (11th), Naughtica Douglas (12th), Delilah Roberts (14th), and Mercedes Stumblingbear (15th).

Joslyn and Mercedes Stumblingbear each ran the 3,000 meter run with Joslyn fourth at 11:44.97, and Mercedes 10th at 14:28.65. Destiney Adams was sixth at 11:47.07.

Alesia Horner ran the 400 meter hurdles in the 17-18 division, finishing third overall with a time of 1:17.48. 

In the 8U 400 meter relay, the team of Amara King, Jaicey Gatgewood, Asia King, Akira Rodgers, Kiannah Jones, and Jareiyah Halstied ran a time of 1:06.39 winning the event. The “B” team of Jaylah Subblefield, Deliegna Stevenson, and Prinnees Debase finished at 1:31.16.

In the 9-10 division, Madison Clark, Jaedyn Swindall, Kayionna McGee-Williamson, Marielle Barnett, Laney Parnacher, Alivea Pettigrew, and Ofelia Stumblingbear ran a time of 1:10.51, finishing second.

The 11-12 division was ran by Antoinette Gresham, Jaidyn Gatgewood, Presley Caldwell, Phoenix Smith, and Cheyenne Wood in a time of 1:01.44.

Reagan Geurin ran the 15-16 division of the 100 meter hurdles and finished seventh overall.

The 400 meter run was competed in by Kiannah Jones and Lilyana Valadez in the 8U division and Trindee Jefferson along with MarRyah Stubblefield in the 13-14 division. Jones finished fourth overall with Valadez 15th. Jefferson was eighth overall, with Stubblefield 11th.

Akira Rogers and Amara King ran the 100 meter dash in the 8U round, with Rogers earning fifth, and King in seventh. Jefferson ran in the 13-14 division earning fourth overall, while Shakira Smith competed in the 15-16 division also finishing fourth.

Laney Parnacher and Ofelia Stumblingbear ran the 800 meter run in the 9-10 division finishing fifth and 10th overall respectively. Presley Caldwell finished second in the 11-12 round, with Jaidyn Gatewood in fourth overall. Multiple runners ran in the 13-14 division with Joslyn Stumblingbear (seventh), Destiney Adams (eighth), Naughtica Douglas (17th), Mercedes Stumblingbear (19th), and Delilah Roberts (20th). Valadez ran the 800 meter run in the 8U division and finished 12th.

Amara King earned fourth in the 200 meter dash in the 8U competition, with Kiannah Jones in sixth.

MarRyah Stubblefield finished seventh in the 13-14 round, with Trinidee Jefferson in fifth.

Shakira Smith finished in third overall in the 15-16 division. 

The 8U team of Jaicey Gatgewood, Asia King, Akira Rogers, Kiannah Jones, Jareiyah Halstied, Amara King, and Savannah Jefferson won the 1600 relay with a time of 5:52.15.

Gatewood took second in the Javelin at 10.62m. Jaedyn Swindall won the 9-10 division with a toss of 16.14m, with Alive Pettigrew second at 15.93m. Isabel Popa won the 11-12 division at 19.44m.

Popa also won the discus at 16.14m, with Mya Gresham winning the 13-14 division at 27.05. Other participants in the same division were Z’Khia Seamster (third), Cynic McGee-Williamson (fourth), Amari Landum (fifth), and Christina Barnett (fifth). 

Pops won the shot put with a toss of 6.84m in the 11-12 division. Amari Landrum won the 13-14 division at 9.70m, Mya Gresham finished third, Seamster fourth, and McGee-Williamson eighth.