Tahlequah Daily Press

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April 7, 2013

Points hard to come by for Tahlequah girls

Tahlequah made accumulating points look easy on March 28 at the Claremore Zebra Invitational. The script was flipped on Friday at the ninth annual Reasors Track Classic.

With Broken Arrow, Jenks and Union hogging all the points, Tahlequah scrounged together 45 points and finished sixth on its home turf.

“That’s probably the best we’ve scored in some years over here,” Tahlequah coach Elzy Miller said. “Typically, our meet is one of the toughest in the state...for us to come and finish in the top six, amongst the Broken Arrow’s, the Jenks’ the Union’s, I’m pretty happy with that.”

Leading the way for Tahlequah was a trio of high jumpers. Emily Basks finished second at 5 feet even, while Jordan Roach (4 feet, 10 inches) tied for third and Tiffany Cochran (4 feet, 8 inches) tied for fifth.

Also in field events, Alli George came in fourth in the long jump at 15 feet, 8 inches.

As for points in running events, top-six performances were tough to come by for the Lady Tigers. Even for standout Jessica Hembree.

Tahlequah’s senior runner turned in her best performance in the 3,200-meter run, coming in third at 11:56 behind Stilwell’s Sydney Lawrence (11:23) and Jenks’ Madison Brown (11:36). Hembree later ran the 1,600-meter run in 5:41 and came in sixth place.

“Jessica is coming back from you know what,” Miller said, referencing Hembree’s leg injury in the 2011, which forced her to miss last year’s track season. “She probably didn’t run as well as she likes, but she’s never going to run as well as she likes. That’s just the way she is; that’s the competitiveness in her.”

Beyond that, it was up to Tahlequah’s relay teams to haul in some points. Three of the four did.

Boasting the best performance was the Lady Tigers’ 1,600-meter relay team, consisting of Martina Tovar, Jordan Roach, Lindsey Chaffin and Allison Hickman. The Tahlequah quartet recorded a time of 4:14.62, beating Union by 25 tenths of a second with Jordan Roach sprinting to the finish line.

“Our mile relay ran 4:14, which is six seconds better than we’ve run all year,” Miller said.

As for Tahelquah’s 800- and 3,200-meter relay teams, both came in fifth.

“In the two-mile relay, we ran much better,” Miller said. “Our sprint relays were much better, too.”

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