MUSKOGEE — Nick Kingfisher plans on being a coach some day.
When he does, there’s not going to be a lesson in how talent without technique doesn’t cut it. He’s got it down pat, as he proved in winning the high jump at the Hilldale Invitational track and field meet on Friday.
The 2013 state runner-up showed himself to be on that course — or better — again, clearing 6 feet, 4 inches on his second attempt at that height to win the meet.
“It’s all strategy,” he said. “You can come out and jump high but you have to have the right technique and for me, that came to my advantage when we got way up there,” he said.
He tried once at 6-6 but missed. Last year’s winning mark at state was 6-8.
Kingfisher said he’s just pacing himself. He’s won both meets he’s been in, the other one at Sapulpa.
“We went off at 5-2 then and I had it won at 6-0. I didn’t want to go higher at that point. I think I could have gone 6-6 had I kept trying (today) but I didn’t need to and I didn’t want to peak out and scratch myself out the rest of the year.”
Kingfisher’s finish put him in select company among area teams Friday as the whopping 37-school field clogged the medals race. Freshman Kyla Holmes dominated from start to finish in the 1,600-meter run, giving the Indians that title in 5:46.66. Makayla Rich of Vian was third in 5:56.06 and Warner’s Kailey Kilpatrick of Warner fourth at 6:06.11.
Holmes’ other win this season in three meets came in a freshman meet on Tuesday.
“In seventh grade I won the mile in every single meet. In eighth grade I just blew it off,” she said. “I’m more focused now. My coaches are always challenging me to push it and beat my previous time. I listen to them and it gives me more confidence.”
Vian’s Jennifer Hunter won the long jump at 14-1 1/2 and the foursome of Misti Walters, Chantele Buttery, Cresha Taylor and Desiree Moon won the 1,600-meter relay in 4 minutes, 31.90 seconds, just edging Sequoyah.
The Indians and Vian reaped their share of medals.
Lady Indian Brittany Poe, a double-medalist at state last spring,won the shot put (36-9) and was second in the discus (102-11 1/4). Sequoyah placed in both 3,200 relays. Cayden Salazar, Terrance Nofire, Jordan Galvin and Cody Christie ran 8:43.49 to take third. . Christie was also fifth in the 800 (2:13.53) The girls were third in the 3,200 with Kyla Holmes, Makayla Pritchett, Taylor Henry and Cami Copeland finishing in 10:49.01. Warner (Brittany Hammonds, Allie Davis, Kilpatrick and Bailee Short) took fifth (11:09.50) and Vian was sixth in 11:46.16.
Also for Sequoyah, Henry was fifth in the 100 meter hurdles (17.26).
Rich got second for Vian in the 3,200 (12:38.52) and Warner’s Kilpatrick (12:44) third. Sequoyah’s Nofire also took third in the 1,600 (4:45.94) and Eufaula’s Cole Montgomery was fourth (4:52.74). Montgomery collected another medal in the boys 3,200 (10:18.83) where Nofire was fifth (10:38.46) and Coleman Crawley of Fort Gibson was sixth (10:41.27).
Also, Davis gave Warner points in the 400 with a sixth-place finish (1:05.82). It was there where Porum’s Lexi Livingston took fourth (1:04.89). Nese Walters of Vian was sixth in the high jump (4-6).
Sequoyah was fourth (3:41.90) in the boys 1,600 and Fort Gibson (3:42.81) fifth. Kyla Martin of Fort Gibson took third in the shot put (36-2).
Checotah’s Connor Gaither was fifth in the 200 (23.20) and teamed with Blake Colburn, Ben Fowler and Drew Dan for a personal-best 1:34.15 to take second in the 800 relay. Fort Gibson (1:37.31) was sixth. Checotah also was fourth in the 400 relay. Also on the boys side, Chase Girdner of Keys was third in the long jump at 19-2. Keys got girls points from Ali Andrews, fifth in the 3,200 (13:03.51).
Vian’s Trevon Taylor was third (43.99) and Trevor Lindley (44.30) of Fort Gibson fourth in the 300 hurdles. Mekko Washington (53.92) was sixth for Warner in the boys 400.
Glenpool was boys team champ with Sallisaw and Okmulgee second and third, respectively. Poteau won the girls team title with Glenpool second and Okmulgee third.
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