Tahlequah Daily Press

April 22, 2014

Gold in the field

Tahlequah duo combines for 3 golds in field events at Booker T. Washington

Sports Editor


TULSA — Eric Garcia expected to do well at S.E. Williams Stadium. He just didn’t expect to do as well as he did.

Garcia made easy work of his competition and coasted to the discus and shotput titles at the fifth annual Hornets Track Classic last week.

“Practice went well, so I was expecting this to go well — not as well as it did,” Garcia said. “But I’m still it went the way it did.”

Both of Garcia’s wins at Booker T. Washington High School were with Sapulpa’s Mason Dossman behind him.

To start the day, Garcia lofted a throw of 52 feet, 3 1/2 inches to win the gold. Dossman’s second-place throw topped out at 49 feet, 7 1/2 inches.

Later in the discus, Garcia uncoiled a throw of 153 feet, 9 inches. Dossman was four feet off the winning pace at 149 feet, 9 inches.

At this point in the season, Garcia said meets are a nice break from the daily practice regiment.

“Meets are always fun,” he said. “I have friends throughout all schools, and it’s fun to come and hang out with them at the meets. We get to talk and it generally makes meets that much more fun.”

Also having fun for Tahlequah in north Tulsa was Brandon Conrad. The Tigers’ senior jumper was the only one to clear 6 feet, 6 inches en route to the high jump gold. Claremore’s Hunter Garroutte and Hale’s Keejuan Clark could only clear the bar at 6 feet, 4 inches.

As a team, Tahlequah posted a third-place finish with 78 points. Booker T. Washington racked up 145 points to win on its home track, and Claremore was second with 107.5 points.

Tahlequah’s 3,200-meter relay posted a second-place finish early in the day with a time of 8:20.57 in the two-mile event. Claremore won the gold at 8:07.37.

On the girls side, Tahlequah was fourth at 71. Booker T. Washington (119), Bartlesville (114) and Jenks (78) rounded out the top three.

“We were very pleased with how things went today,” Tahlequah coach Elzy Miller said.

Leading the way for the Tahlequah girls was Alli George, who won gold in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches. Booker T. Washington’s Kendriana Washington and Taylor Sells tied with George, but settled for second and third, respectively, after counting the number of jumps for each athlete.

George was also fifth in the long jump at 16 feet. McLain’s Laja Jefferson picked up the gold at 17 feet, 10 1/4 inches.

Other Tahlequah results


• 400-meter relay: Tahlequah was second at 51.99 seconds. Booker T. Washington was first at 50.55.

• 3,200-meter relay: Tahlequah was second at 10:33.40. Bartlesville won at 10:29.93.

• 100-meter hurdles: Tahlequah's Morgan Thompson was third at 17.11. Bartlesville's Elle Denyer won at 15.49 seconds.

• 800-meter relay: Tahlequah was fourth at 1:51.78.

• 400-meter relay: Tahlequah posted a second-place finish at 51.99. Booker T. Washington was first at 50.55.

• 1,600-meter relay: Tahlequah went from last to third with a time of 4:27.


• High jump: Brandon Conrad of Tahlequah was the only jumper to clear 6 feet, 6 inches to win the gold.

• 800-meter run: Tahlequah's Braxton Hood was second at 2:02.02. Edging out Hood was Owasso's Andrew Cordray at 2:01.40.

• 1,600-meter run: Tahlequah's Zech VanFleet was third at 4:42.96. Stilwater's Zach Porterfield rallied past Bartlesville's Krishan Baniqued at 4:31.62.

• 1,600-meter relay: Tahlequah was fourth at 3:33.43. Claremore's Tyler Jackson brought the Zebras from behind to win at 3:22.95.