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April 30, 2013

MLC's elite

Both Tahlequah track teams cruise to Metro Lakes Conference championships.

COWETA — Both Tahlequah track teams didn't just win Metro Lakes Conference championships last week. They won them easily.

The Tahlequah boys posted five first-place finishes and nearly eclipsed the 200-point barrier with 197 points. The next closest was Claremore with 128 and Coweta at 108.

"We beat Claremore, who was the No. 1 team on this side of the state and No. 2 behind Edmond Deer Creek," Tahlequah coach Bart Frank said.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Logan Cook in both the shotput and discus. The junior thrower picked up golds in both events, recording a 47-feet, 10-inch toss in the shotput to beat Coweta's Clark Stunkard by two inches. In the discus, Cook (148 feet, 8 inches) beat out teammates, Eric Garcia (145 feet, 10 inches) for first.

The Tigers' 3,200-meter relay team (Ara Poteet, Aaron Eversole, Will Carlile, Zech VanFleet) was also outfitted for conference gold medals, beating Bishop Kelley by one second, 8:09.20 vs. 8:10.20. Tahlequah's 800-meter relay team also came in first, finishing at 1:34.08 compared to Bishop Kelley's 1:34.35.

Brandon Conrad won another high jump title this season, leaping 6 feet, 4 inches to beat Collinsville's Kendall Curtis by two inches.

The Tigers also had a pair of second-place finishers in Wyatt Jones (400-meter dash) and the 1,600-meter run (Poteete). VanFleet was right behind Poteete in the 1,600-meter run in third place.

Tahlequah's 400-meter relay team came in second at 44.98 seconds, behind Collinsville, which posted a time of 44.97.

The conference title was the Tigers' second in a row.

"We had guys do some things we usually don't ask out of them," Frank said. "But when it comes to MLC and regional championships, our priorities change, like Aaron (Eversole) and Will (Carlile) doubling the four-by-800 (relay) and the open 800 against fresh runners."

Much like the Tigers, the Tahlequah girls breezed to the team title with 197.33 points. Coweta was a distant second with 118.33 points.

The Lady Tigers had 10 first-place finishes, highlighted by Jessica Hembree's gold-medal performances in the one-mile and two-mile races. The senior runner, who has signed with the University of Oklahoma, won the 1,600-meter race by 10 seconds while leading a trio of Tahlequah runners in the 3,200-meter run. In the two-mile excursion, Hembree was first at 12:04 and followed by Gracie Medellin (12:10) and Amy Hembree (12:12).

In the 100-meter dash, Allison Hickman was first for Tahlequah at 13.07 seconds. THS' Jordan Basks (27.51 seconds) was first in the 200-meter dash.

The Lady Tigers also swept all the relay races, winning each by at least three seconds.

In field events, Jordan Roach (5 feet, 2 inches) claimed the high jump crown, while Ali George (15 feet, 11 inches) took home the long jump title. Basks was also third in both events.

Up next for both Tahlequah teams is a Class 5A regional meet at home on Saturday. The field events begin at 9:30 a.m. with running events beginning at 9:45 a.m.

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