Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

April 26, 2014

Conrad, George win high jump titles at Muskogee meet

MUSKOGEE — Paced by a first-place finish in the boys’ and girls’ high jump, the Tahlequah Tigers and Lady Tigers track teams finished in sixth place at the Sprocket Track Classic at Indian Bowl on Friday.

The Tigers finished with a total of 43 points while Tulsa Washington claimed the boys title with 122 points. Jenks (98), Claremore (88), Broken Arrow (85) and Union (55) finished second through fifth, respectively.

Brandon Conrad cleared 6 feet, 4 inches to win the boys high jump, two inches higher than Damian Howard of Broken Arrow. While Conrad was happy with the first-place finish, his mark still left him yearning for more.

“I wanted to try and get 6-8 and be one of the top performers in the state,” Conrad said. “I barely missed it, but I’ll get there. It’s the only motivation I have right now. To beat anybody, I have to be at 6-8 and if I do that, I’ll win state.”

Alli George won the girls high jump, clearing the bar at 5-0, two hitches higher than Ashlyn Ball of Jenks and Sarah Shiever of Collinsville. Paige Burns of Claremore and Sydney Stout and Addison Richards tied for fourth at 4-8.

Broken Arrow took home the girls title with 111 points with Union (101.5) and Jenks (91) coming in second and third. Bartlesville and B.T. Washington tied for fourth with 60 points, with Tahlequah totaling 40 points.

The Warner girls accumulated 24.333 points to claim ninth in the team standings. Kailey Kilpatrick got the Lady Eagles off to a good start with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 32.99 seconds and was happy with her showing.

“My goal was just to stay up with the front of the pack with the bigger schools,” said the 2A Cross Country state champion last fall. “I want to get my time down by a lot. I would like to be in the 12:15s or lower than that, but that’s my goal for right now.”

Warner girls coach Mindi Peters was very pleased with the start that Kilpatrick gave her squad and also the times that her girls ran.

“They did really well today,” Peters said. “All had their fastest times today and that’s what we came in wanting to do. When you come into a meet like this, it’s kind of intimidating going up against 4A-6A schools. They were a little nervous but they did really well.”

The Muskogee boys and girls were unable to garner any points in the team standings. David Heath, Muskogee boys coach was satisfied with his squad’s effort.

“Our boys team is really young,” Heath said. “I’m just happy that we’re competing. We’re going against these horses in Jenks, Union and Broken Arrow and they’re competing. That’s all you can ask.”

The Lady Roughers have been besieged with injuries this year and are trying to round into shape with regionals coming up. Janay Nunley was proud of her teammates and the effort they put forth.

“I think we did a good job, this being our home meet and all.” she said. “We need to work more on getting out times ready and our hand-offs. We also need to make sure everybody is connected as a family.”

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