Early season record setting for BA Track
Tigers to host home meet March 30
Another track meet, another gold medal for Broken Arrow girls track 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams.
The defending state champions in both events set meet records over the weekend in the 18th Annual Phil Sweeney Classic at Holland Hall High School.
The 4x400 team of Kanisius Harding, Auryana Johson, Taylor Dozier and Brianna Hays turned in a 4:02.87, eclipsing the old record by nearly three seconds and beating second place Jenks by nine seconds.
Johnson and Hays were joined by Payton Hinkle and Allison Bonham on the 4x800 team that ran a 9:46.97, breaking the old record by six seconds. Jenks again came in second to the Lady Tigers, this time by nine seconds.
“At this point of the season, we are way ahead of the group from last year,” said Tiger track coach Scott Wilkinson. “We are much faster. We just have to keep improving and hope everybody stays healthy.”
This meet was not the only record-setting performance for a Tiger in the early season, however. At Owasso the week before, senior Brandon Hanoch broke the 25-year-old school pole vault record by clearing 16 feet. Aaron Smith, a Tiger state champion pole vaulter in 1994, held the record at 15’6 until Hanoch’s vault.
The Lady Tigers captured the team title at Holland Hall, outpacing Jenks, 188 to 153. The boys finished second behind Union.
Individual girls champions were Danielle Shaw, 100 hurdles; Payton Hinkle, 800 run; and Hays, 300 hurdles. The Lady Tigers also won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
On the boys side, Blake McConkay, 800 run, Crayton Shaw, Pole Vault and Brandon Zamarripa Discus and Shot Put were individual gold medalists. The boys 4x800 relay also took first place.
BA track competes in the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in Dallas, March 22-23, before hosting the first-ever meet at the new Broken Arrow High School track on March 30.