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April 30, 2014

Falcons fifth at State

McALESTER — With the Clark Bass Track Complex back in action, the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools state track meet returned to McAlester on Saturday.

Though neither school won a state championship, Frink-Chambers and Tannehill showed they still have some of the best athletes in the state.

Boys’ and girls’ track squads from both schools each competed in at least seven events, and Frink-Chambers’ Jacob Amos won two events to lead the Falcons to a fifth-place finish in the large school competition Saturday.

The Lady Falcons finished 20th. In the small school competition, the Tannehill Lady Braves finished 10th and the Braves finished 14th.

Amos had a banner day for the Falcons, winning both the 200 meter dash and the long jump. He took more than two seconds off his regional 200 time, finishing in 24.60 at State, and added 3 feet, 8.5 inches to his regional high jump, jumping 19-02.00 and setting a state record.

Amos also took 0.4 seconds off his regional 100 meter dash, finishing second at State in 12.15.

Clayton Slater also scored for the Falcons, finishing third in the shot put. His throw of 44-08.5 improved on his regional distance by 3 feet, 7.5 inches.

“He was willing to do a lot of extra work on his own time,” Frink coach Kris Mitchell said of Amos on Tuesday.

“Last year, he and Clayton Slater were the only ones who came out for track.”

Other results for the Falcons: the 4x200 relay finished 12th in 1:53.39; Brendon Justice finished 14th in the 300 hurdles in 54.94; and Zachary Lerblance finished 15th in the 100 hurdles in 20.03.

Frink-Chambers scored 34 team points to finish fifth. Oakdale won the boys’ competition with 108 points.

The Lady Falcons competed in nine events, improving on their regional performances in every event. The 4x100 relay team of Maya Vaughan, Laurynn Chavarria, Divina Benavente and Carly Cox placed sixth with a time of 57.16 seconds, taking two seconds off its regional time and scoring Frink’s only points in the girls competition.

Vaughan, Benavente and Cox were all part of the 4x200 team that placed eighth in 2:04.17, with Brooklyn Slater rounding out the team. Cox also finished 10th in the long jump at 12-0.00 and 13th in the 200 meter in 30.26.

Benavente finished ninth in the 100 hurdles in 19.28. Chavarria finished 11th in the high jump at 4-02.00, and Vaughan finished 13th in the long jump at 12-02.50.

Ashley Smith placed seventh in the shot put at 27-05.00, and Slater finished 14th at 25-01.00. The Lady Falcons finished tied for 20th with two team points, while Woodall won the girls’ large school competition with 125.

“They did that all year,” Mitchell said of her Lady Falcons. “Every meet that we went to, they did a personal best.”

Paden Stacey led the Lady Braves, finishing third in both the 100 hurdles and the high jump. Her time of 18.61 seconds knocked 0.1 seconds off her regional hurdles time, and her jump of 4-04.00 bettered her regional jump by four inches.

Tannehill also scored in the 400 meter dash and the shot put. Adelynn Gray placed sixth in the 400 with a time of 1:09.77, and Salestreal Scarpello finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 30-04.50.

Both Gray and Scarpello improved on their regional performances by at least six percent.

ReAnna Bellville placed eighth in the long jump at 12-02.50, and the 4x100 team of Bellville, Layni Manos, Ashton Arterberry and Stacey finished eighth in 58.78.

The Lady Braves, the defending state champions, also finished anywhere from 11th to 15th in six other categories, finishing 10th overall with 14 points. Friend won the girls’ large school competition with 80.

“State was harder for us because we didn’t have as many qualify as we did at Regionals,” Tannehill coach Rebekah Munholland said.

This year’s Lady Braves still won Regionals, and Munholland said next year’s team should again compete for a regional or state title because “our sixth graders coming up have an awesome team.”

The Braves scored in three categories, placing fifth in the 4x100 relay. That team’s time of 54.17 improved on its regional time by 1.68 seconds.

Jacob Manning finished sixth in the 100 meter dash in 12.86 seconds, taking 0.16 seconds off his regional time. Samuel Barrow finished sixth in the 200 meter dash in 27.32 seconds, taking 1.82 seconds off his regional time.

Kenneth Alex Dickey finished ninth in the 200 meter in 28.48 seconds, and Manning finished 10th in the high jump at 4-10.00.

Tannehill also finished 10th or 12th in three other events, scoring 5.50 total points to finish 16th.

Rocky Mountain won the boys’ large school competition with 87 points.

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