VanFleet leads Tigers
Tahlequah’s Zech VanFleet nearly made it a clean sweep for Tahlequah on the individual medal stand. The Tiger sophomore came in second in the boys Class 5A state meet, finishing the 5K race at 16:26, nine seconds behind Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen.
“That’s a huge accomplishment for him,” Tahlequah coach Jason Proctor said. “Really good for a sophomore year.”
As a team, Tahlequah finished third with 144 points. Deer Creek was first with 36 points and Coweta claimed the silver at 115.
“For our guys to make the stand, that’s a big deal,” Proctor said. “A lot of people thought we’d be lucky to make top five, so making the medal stand is huge.”
Mo Bassime came in 17th for Tahlequah at 17:12, while Ara Poteete (17:51) was 45th. Ty Tramell (17:59) was 54th and Aaron Eversole (18:16) came in 63rd.
“With two teams in the top three, an individual champion and another individual runner-up,” Proctor said, “this is the best state meet we’ve had in about 20-plus years.”