Tahlequah Daily Press

May 5, 2013

Poteete dominates, Tigers sitting in 2nd place

Tahlequah teams behind Booker T. Washington with 3 events left at 5A regional track meet.

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

— Ara Poteete and Arlando Johnson went mano-a-mano on Saturday afternoon. Funny thing is, there's a good chance neither one would recognize the other in a crowd.

Both Poteete and Johnson went on furious point-scoring binges during the Class 5A track regional at Tahlequah High School. Poteete accounted for more points, but it was Johnson's team that prevailed.

Poteete, a Tahlequah senior, cruised to victories in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs while mixing in a victory with his teammates in the 3,200-meter relay. Johnson also secured two individual triumphs — in the 100-meter dash and the long jump — while his Booker T. Washington brethren racked up 154 points to claim the top spot in the team standings.

However, the Hornets can't claim to be regional champions yet. Because of dismal weather conditions — temperatures in the mid 40s, strong winds and off-and-on precipitation all day — three events (discus, shotput and pole vault) were postponed until Monday at 4 p.m.

The weather — as hard as it tried — failed to ruin Poteete's day. The Tahlequah senior pulled off a career-first, hauling in three gold medals in one day.

"I'm going to lie to you, that mile hurt," Poteete said of the 1,600-meter run, the second-to-last event of the day. "I was stressing about this all week, and it turned out great. I can't complain with the outcome of today."

Also not complaining, Tahlequah coach Bart Frank. With his team needing a herculean effort on Monday to unseat the Hornets from the regional lead, Frank admitted that Booker T. Washington was slightly better on the eve of the state meet.

"They beat us today," he said. "But we're going to work to be better than them next weekend."

Both the Tigers and Hornets will take a strong contingent to the state meet in Yukon on Friday and Saturday.

Tahlequah will be well-armed with distance runners.

With Poteete leading the charge, the Tigers will also have Zech VanFleet in the 1,600-meter run and Mohamed Bassime in the 3,200-meter run. VanFleet finished third in the one-mile race, finishing at 4:44.25, which was seven seconds off Poteete's winning time. Bassime (10:28.87) picked up the silver in the two-mile haul, edging past Coweta's Bryan Roberts by less than a second.

"Solid day for our distance guys," Frank said. "Same for our relays, too."

Indeed.

The Tigers were second in 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays. The Hornets, though, finished first in three of the events.

Tahlequah's only other state meet qualifier was Aaron Eversole in 800-meter run. Brandon Conrad tied for third in the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches and will need to be an addition qualifier for the state meet.

"Conditions had a lot to do with it today," Frank said of Conrad's performance in the high jump. "[Also], I was pretty busy and wasn't able to be there when he jumped, and me being there helps a lot of times."

In the two throwing events on Monday, Tahlequah's Eric Garcia, Sylas Sloan and Logan Cook will all attempt to cut into Booker T. Washington's lead and punch a ticket to the state tournament.



Tahlequah girls in 2nd comfortably

None of the Tahlequah girls were on the receiving end of gold medals on Saturday, but it'd be hard to tell by their score at the end of the day.

The Lady Tigers posted 112 points and sit in a virtually-untouchable second place with three more events to go on Monday. Booker T. Washington is the leader in the clubhouse at 169, and Grove is starting ahead at Tahlequah with 73 points.

"Pretty good performance by our girls," Tahlequah coach Elzy Miller said. "We can't catch Booker T. with three events to go, but we competed well."

In typical Jessica Hembree fashion, the Tahlequah senior aided the Lady Tigers to 28 combined points in three events. Hembree finished second to Grove's Michaela Werner in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs while anchoring Tahlequah's 3,200-meter relay team, which came in third.

Hembree wasn't Tahlequah's only successful distance runner. Gracie Medellin recorded a third-place showing in the 1,600-meter run and a fourth-place performance in the 3,200-meter race. Amy Hembree was third in the two-mile contest.

All four of Tahlequah's relay teams also earned their ways to the state tournament in Yukon.

"Relays were solid," Miller said. "That's the first time that we've qualified four, that I can think of in recent years. First time we've had all three sprint relays (400, 800 and 1,600) in; we've qualified the two-mile numerous times over the years."

Keeping the trend of second-place finishes going, Tahlequah's Alli George was an eyelash short of a gold medal in the long jump. George pulled off a leap of 15 feet, 3 inches while Booker T. Washington's Alyssia Lewis rattled off a jump of 13 feet, 5 1/2 inches.



Class 5A regional

Boys




100-meter dash

1. Arlando Johnson (Booker T. Washington), 11.05.

2. Myles Tease (Booker T. Washington), 11.57.

3. Caleb Wheeler (Coweta), 11.80.

4. Victor Wright (McAlester), 11.95.

5. Blade Pickup (Pryor), 12.02.

6. Justice Hill (Booker T. Washington), 12.09.



200-meter dash

1. Cameron Durant (Booker T. Washington), 22.84.

2. Carson Smallwood (Pryor), 23.28.

3. Kendrick Hardaway (Poteau), 23.31.

4. Kaleb Gibbs (Booker T. Washington), 23.34.

5. Kyle Mayberry (Booker T. Washington), 23.46.

6. Bryon Adams (Wagoner), 23.98.



400-meter dash

1. Ryan Wheatley (Grove), 51.34.

2. Colin Caesar (Booker T. Washington), 52.24.

3. Dominic Sayers (Coweta), 52.75.

4. Jabarre Blaylock (Pryor), 53.02.

5. Kaleb Gibbs (Booker T. Washington), 56.29.

6. Alex Paris (Tahlequah), 56.41.



800-meter run

1. Ryan Wheatley (Grove), 1:59.61.

2. Aaron Eversole (Tahlequah), 1:59.76.

3. Kyle Roberts (Coweta), 2:00.85.

4. Stephen Slater (Booker T. Washington), 2:01.41.

5. Javier Lara (Grove), 2:03.48.

6. Zech VanFleet (Tahlequah), 2:04.03.



1,600-meter run

1. Ara Poteete (Tahlequah), 4:37.58.

2. Coty Fox (Coweta), 4:39.98.

3. Zech VanFleet (Tahlequah), 4:44.25.

4. Stephen Slater (Booker T. Washington), 4:46.09.

5. Derek Pigsley (Grove), 4:53.08.

6. Mo Bassime (Tahlequah), 4:55.07.



3,200-meter run

1. Ara Poteete (Tahlequah), 10:20.88.

2. Mo Bassime (Tahlequah), 10:28.87.

3. Bryan Roberts (Coweta), 10:29.27.

4. Mark Tipton (Booker T. Washington), 10:29.89.

5. Brett Stevens (Pryyor), 10:32.46.

6. Nathan Riley (Miami), 10:47.67.



110-meter hurdles

1. Rasha McKnight (Booker T. Washington), 15.65.

2. Desean Clark (Wagoner), 16.11

3. AJ Freeth (Wagoner), 16.43.

4. Jaquwan Blaylock (Pryor), 16.61.

5. Seth Foster (Coweta), 16.80.

6. Mikal Teague (Booker T. Washington), 17.27.



300-meter hurdles

1. Diramid McMillan (Miami), 41.24.

2. Desean Clark (Wagoner), 41.46.

3. Decarius Clark (Wagoner), 41.50.

4. Mikal Teague (Booker T. Washington), 41.56.

5. Ryan Robinson (Booker T. Washington), 42.78.

6. Chase Barnett (Wagoner), 43.50.



400-meter relay

1. Booker T. Washington, 43.52.

2. Tahlequah, 45.27.

3. Wagoner, 45.45.

4. Coweta, 45.50.

5. McAlester, 46.97.

6. Pryor, 47.42.



800-meter relay

1. Booker T. Washington, 1:30.82

2. Tahlequah, 1:34.32

3. Pryor, 1:34.81

4. Wagoner, 1:37.06

5. McAlester, 1:38.29

6. Coweta, 1:38.29



1,600-meter relay

1. Booker T. Washington, 3:29.33.

2. Tahlequah, 3:30.92.

3. Wagoner, 3:36.41.

4. McAlester, 3:38.58.

5. Coweta, 3:38.89.

6. Pryor, 3:39.39.



3,200-meter relay

1. Tahlequah, 8:29.01.

2. Grove, 8:32.97.

3. Coweta, 8:34.15.

4. Miami, 8:37.94.

5. Booker T. Washington, 8:42.26.

6. Wagoner, 9:07.47.



Long jump

1. Arlando Johnson (Booker T. Washington), 20-10.

2. Cadin Pratt (McAlester), 19-10.

3. Carson Smallwood (Pryor), 19-07.

4. Kyle Mayberry (Booker T. Washington), 19-03.

5. Justice Hill (Booker T. Washington), 19-02.5.

6. John Tune (Grove), 18-11.



High jump

1. Zach Skimbo (McAlester), 6-02.

2. Jerry Tolman (Pryor), 6-00.

t3. Desmond Hill (Coweta), 5-10.

t3. Brandon Conrad (Tahlequah), 5-10.

t3. Tyler Guymon (Coweta), 5-10.

t3. Kyler Thompson (McAlester), 5-10.



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Girls

100-meter dash

1. Alyssia Lewis (Booker T. Washington), 13.02.

2. Breonna Presley (Booker T. Washington), 13.22.

3. Malin Harbin (Booker T. Washington), 13.25.

4. Hope Means (Wagoner), 13.39.

5. Allison Hickman (Tahlequah), 13.44.

6. Samantha Willis (Miami), 13.64.



200-meter dash

1. Debra Rogers (Booker T. Washington), 26.86.

2. Breonna Presley (Booker T. Washington), 27.16.

3. Hayley Dodson (Coweta), 27.48.

4. Raven Smith (Booker T. Washington), 27.49.

5. Alyssa Hammons (Miami), 27.69.

6. Skylar Bruce (Wagoner), 28.49.



400-meter dash

1. Sydney Scott (Booker T. Washington), 58.50.

2. Alyssa Hammons (Miami), 1:03.21.

3. Drew Cash (Coweta), 1:04.07.

4. Taylor Davis (Grove), 1:05.81.

5. Camrey Asberry (Booker T. Washington), 1:07.26.

6. Jazmine Warren (Poteau), 1:07.89.



800-meter run

1. Josie Buckner (Coweta), 2:29.23.

2. Ashleigh Tramel (Grove), 2:31.28.

3. Kandace Standridge (Poteau), 2:32.37.

4. Hannah Miller (Wagoner), 2:33.87.

5. Lindsey Chaffin (Tahlequah), 2:34.28.

6. Lexi Lane (Grove), 2:35.95.



1,600-meter run

1. Michaela Werner (Grove), 5:24.34.

2. Jessica Hembree (Tahlequah), 5:37.09.

3. Gracie Medellin (Tahlequah), 5:44.06.

4. Deven Bond (Poteau), 5:48.18.

5. Kendall Odle (Pryor), 5:52.27.

6. Kelsie Kerns (Pryor), 5:57.77.



3,200-meter run

1. Michaela Werner (Grove), 11:36.94.

2. Jessica Hembree (Tahlequah), 11:57.09.

3. Amy Hembree (Tahlequah), 12:20.45.

4. Gracie Medellin (Tahlequah), 12:29.39.

5. Deven Bond (Poteau), 12:34.04.

6. Kendall Odle (Pryor), 12:50.39.



110-meter hurdles

1. Casey Jones (McAlester), 15.90.

2. Shiane Williams (Booker T. Washington), 16.87.

3. Taylor Sells (Booker T. Washington), 17.29.

4. Taylor Fields (Miami), 17.35.

5. Erin Swartz (Grove), 17.59.

6. Malin Harbin (Booker T. Washington), 17.92.



300-meter hurdles

1. Casey Jones (McAlester), 47.98.

2. Shattee Robinson (McAlester), 49.20.

3. Shiane Williams (Booker T. Washington), 50.70.

4. Marissa Girdner (Tahlequah), 51.49.

5. Taylor Fields (Miami), 51.72.

6. Malin Harbin (Booker T. Washington), 53.17.



400-meter relay

1. Booker T. Washington, 49.19.

2. Tahlequah, 52.34.

3. Wagoner, 52.54.

4. Poteau, 53.43.

5. Grove, 53.84.

6. Coweta, 55.16.



800-meter relay

1. Booker T. Washington, 1:46.09.

2. Tahlequah, 1:48.34.

3. Poteau, 1:51.54.

4. Coweta, 1:52.21.

5. Wagoner, 1:55.56.

6. Grove, 1:56.16.



1,600-meter relay

1. Booker T. Washington, 4:08.89.

2. Poteau, 4:13.29.

3. Tahlequah, 4:13.31.

4. Coweta, 4:16.14.

5. McAlester, 4:20.67.

6. Grove, 4:21.83.



3,200-meter relay

1. Grove, 10:13.58.

2. Poteau, 10:15.12.

3. Tahlequah, 10:19.69.

4. Coweta, 10:39.69.

5. Booker T. Washington, 11:17.28.

6. Wagoner, 11:33.83.



Long jump

1. Alyssia Lewis (Booker T. Washington), 15-03.5.

2. Alli George (Tahlequah), 15-03.

3. Raven Smith (Booker T. Washington), 15-00.

4. Emily Basks (Tahlequah), 14-09.

5. Kristen Robbins (Wagoner), 14-07.

6. Liz Mason (Wagoner), 14-07.



High jump

1. Emilee Iverson (Grove), 5-04.

2. Alyssa Hammons (Miami), 5-02.

3. Karen Sue McKenzie (Booker T. Washington), 5-00

4. Jordan Roach (Tahlequah), 5-00

4. Taylor Sells (Booker T. Washington), 5-00.

6. Tiffany Cochran (Tahlequah), 4-08.



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