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May 11, 2012

Elliott leads Tahlequah girls into state track meet

Kacie Elliott is currently a two-time Class 5A regional champion in the shotput. Both titles she won with relative ease.

So, obviously, the Tahlequah senior prefers shotput to discus, right?

Not exactly.

“I like discus the best,” Elliott said. “It just goes further than shot. And it’s easier.”

Elliott has made both throwing events look effortless this year. She has finished second in the shotput at four different meets this season, while logging three top-two performances in the discus, including first place in the Metro Lakes Conference meet in late April.

Not to shabby.

“She’s had a good senior year,” Tahlequah girls track coach Elzy Miller said. “(Throwing coach) Gary Akin has done a terrific job with her this year. She has spent more time at it than any others this year.”

All that hard work will be put to the test this weekend in Yukon, where Tahlequah will compete in the 5A state meet.

Waiting to challenge Elliott — in both events — will be Grove’s Kat Johnson, Coweta’s Aubrey Sutterfield and Duncan’s Jamesia Milton, who holds the longest throw in the shotput this year in 5A, unleashing a 42-foot, 1-inch throw last weekend at Mustang.

But winning both the discus and shotput crowns in Owasso last weekend should boost Elliott’s confidence.

“It’s the perfect time of year for her to be throwing really well,” Miller said.

Elliott admitted that throwing on the biggest stage of the year is somewhat nerve wracking.

“Everyone’s going to be like, ‘she threw that far [at regionals]. Let’s see if she can throw it again,’” Elliott said.

Elliott, though, figures to record some points along the way.

“She’s been out top point provider in field events all year,” Miller said.

Also vying for points at the state meet will be Tahelquah’s Jordan Roach, who finished first at regionals last weekend in the high jump.

“If she jumps well, anything can happen,” Miller said. “We just want her to be consistent.”

Other Tahlequah girls competing in the 5A state meet will be: Allison Luna (100-meter dash); Lindsey Chaffin and Amy Hembree (3,200-meter run); Desiree Phipps (pole vault); and Cherish Parker (shotput).

“It’s going to be a tough week,” said Miller, who will also have teams in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays. “Our sprint relays need to make the finals. If we get a chance to run Saturday, maybe we’ll get a chance to pull some points out.”

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