McAlester had by far the most athletes competing Tuesday, sweeping the podium in 17 different events. McAlester’s fifth-grade girls and sixth-grade boys especially dominated, sweeping in six and seven events, respectively.
Two other schools also brought teams: Wilburton and Tulsa-Edison. Wilburton won eight events, sweeping the fifth-grade boys’ high jump.
Wilburton also finished 1-2-4 in the fifth-grade boys’ 600 meter, 1-2-5 in the fifth-grade boys’ 1200 meter and 2-3-4 in the girls’ sixth-grade discus.
Edison won seven total events despite bringing only 11 athletes. The Eagles took the top three spots in the sixth-grade boys’ high jump, the sixth-grade girls’ 600 meter and the sixth-grade girls’ 1200 meter.
Edison also finished 1-2-4 in the sixth-grade boys’ 1200 meter.
“They’re just aren’t very many sixth-grade meets,” Edison coach Larry Cagle said. “I hope McAlester will stick with it. In fact, next year I hope we put one on and McAlester will come up. Track and field needs the community, the schools, to invest in it, if these kids are going to ever be competitive.”
Cagle is also the head varsity cross country coach and an assistant varsity track coach.
With Hook Eales Stadium under construction all of last year, this was the first track meet held in McAlester since 2012. Members of McAlester’s varsity track team and both track and non-track coaches helped run the events, taking down times and submitting results sheets.
“There were a lot of kids out here who definitely got better today,” Buffs senior Kyler Thompson said. Thompson is a high jumper for the Buffs helped ran that event Tuesday.
With the Buffs set to host a varsity meet April 17, a junior high meet April 21 and the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools state meet April 26, Carney said the fifth-sixth meet helped smooth out any kinks in the process.
Carney also said he hopes to make the fifth-sixth grade meet track meet a yearly event in McAlester.
“I think the kids like it,” Carney said. “That’s one thing they do like to do: they like to run and jump.”
McAlester won 135 total medals. Wilburton won 41; Edison won 25.
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