From Staff reports
CLAREMORE — Tahlequah’s girls track team posted two first-place finishes in field events en route to a second-place finish at the Claremore Zebra Invitational on Thursday.
Leading the way for the Lady Tigers was Alli George’s first-place leap of 16 feet, 1/2 inch in the long jump. George beat out Yukon’s Paige Cosby by a foot and a half.
“Alli George won the long jump with her best jump ever,” Tahlequah coach Elzy Miller said.
Also picking up a gold medal for Tahlequah was Jordan Roach in the high jump.
The Oklahoma Baptist commit was one of three jumpers to tie at 5 feet, but Roach did not have any misses along the way, thus giving her the title over Miami’s Alyssa Hammons and Claremore’s Ashlynn Glenn.
Also with a big day for Tahlequah was Lindsey Chaffin, who finished third in the 3,200-meter race and sixth in the 1,600-meter race. Chaffin was also a member of Tahlequah’s 3,200-meter relay team, which posted a winning time of 10:26.32 to beat Yukon by 10 seconds.
“I’d Lindsey Chaffin was our athlete of the day,” Miller said. “She worked her tail off.”
Tahlequah ended up with 117 points, which was 16 points behind Booker T. Washington. Yukon rounded out the top three with 110 points.
Tahlequah had a chance to snag some points in the 400-meter relay, but the Lady Tigers were disqualified for dropping the baton.
“We left some points on the table,” said Miller, who had his 800-meter relay team (Martina Tovar, Emily Basks, Allison Luna and Roach) and 1,600-meter relay team (same team members) come in second in both races. “We just missed an exchange on the 4-by-100 relay, and we were right in there with Booker T.”
Jessica Hembree came in third place in the 800-meter run and second place in the 1,600-mile run.
On the boys side, Tahlequah came in fourth place with 87 points. Claremore (141.5), Yukon (131) and Booker T. Washington (118.25) all finished ahead of the Tigers.
Aaron Eversole picked up a first-place finish for Tahlequah in the 800-meter run. Eversole ran the half-mile race in 2:01, beating out his teammate, Ara Poteete by two seconds.
The Tigers finished third in both the 400- and 3,200-meter relays.
In the high jump, Tahlequah’s Brandon Conrad came in third place at 5 feet, 10 inches.
In throwing events, Sylas Sloan won the discus title with a heave of 143 feet, 4 inches. Tahlequah’s Logan Cook came in second at 140 feet, 3 inches. Cook also came in third in the shotput, finishing a spot behind Eric Garcia, who recorded a throw of 44 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Tahlequah’s next time out will be its home track meet on April 5.