By BEN JOHNSON
Bo Farrow was present at last year’s Reasors Track Classic. But all he did was watch as his teammates participated in the annual event at Tahlequah High School.
“I’ve been coming to this meet ever since I was in seventh grade,” Farrow said. “Last year was the first year I didn’t get to compete in it [because of an out-of-state event the next day.] To be here, it feels pretty good.”
He certainly made himself right at home in 2013, setting two meet records in both the shotput and the discus.
“It feels good, but I didn’t throw my best,” said Farrow, who unleashed throws of 169 feet, 9 1/2 inches in the discus and 59 feet, 8 1/2 inches in the shotput — two throws which no one came close to touching on Friday.
In both events, Farrow unseated Bartlesville’s Devin Randall, who tallied two meet records in 2011.
Ironically, 2011 was when Farrow participated in his first Reasors Track Classic at the varsity level. His sophomore year he finished fourth in the discus at 149 feet, 7 inches. (Farrow was unable to compete in the Reasors Track Classic his freshman year because the event was rained out 45 minutes after it started).
This season, Farrow — who has signed to play football and throw shotput and discus at Pittsburg State — entered the Reasors Track Classic (and every other meet) knowing that other throwers are just trying to keep up with him.
“I just try to throw my farthest,” Farrow said of his approach in every meet as the favorite. “I just want another PR (personal best) at every meet. That’s all I want to do.”
Thanks to Farrow’s efforts in both throwing events, the Broken Arrow boys snuck past Jenks for the team title on Friday. The Tigers recorded 152.75 points with Jenks falling just short at 149.75.
Union was a close third at 140.
Broken Arrow also claimed the girls crown with 142 points. Jenks was second with 138, and Union was a distant third at 106.
Udoumoh paces Lady Redskins
Esther Udoumoh admitted she wasn’t the best long jumper on Union’s roster. She allowed Amaya Christon to have that distinction.
“My best friend, Amaya, she’s usually first place in long jump,” Udoumoh said. “And sometimes it’ll be me.”
That day was Friday. Udoumoh tallied a jump of 16 feet, 10 inches to win the long jump crown. And sure enough, Christon was second at 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches.
That wasn’t all Udoumoh did for Union. She also finished first in the 100-meter dash, recording a time of 12.85 seconds, which was three tenths of a second better than Booker T. Washington’s Sydney Scott (12.88). Udoumoh also tied for fifth in the high jump at 4 feet, 8 inches, and she also helped Union’s 400-meter relay team come in second.
“I didn’t want to feel too prideful coming in today,” Udoumoh said. “I just wanted to do what I had to do to get some medals.”
Two more bests set
In addition to Farrow’s two meet records being set, there were two more set on Friday.
Owasso’s Savannah Waters set the new mark in the discus at 132 feet, 8 inches, and the Union boys set the initial mark in the 800-meter relay at 1:27.57.
Four records being set this season falls short of the eight set in 2012.
During a break in the action, there was a brief altercation taking place near the Broken Arrow tent. No details were provided, and action resumed as scheduled during the afternoon portion of the track meet.