Tiger track off to good start in 2020
Midway through Thursday’s track meet at Union High School, Broken Arrow track coach Scott Wilkinson stood in the middle of the infield and happily assessed his team’s performance.
“These kids just love to compete,” the coach said of his returning state champion boys squad and state runner-up girls.
With the future of OSSAA spring athletics still an unknown, a run at boys and girls state titles is a question mark. However, if Thursday’s showing, in a meet that consisted of some of the best east side teams in the state, is a sampling of what the Tigers can be there is little doubt the boys are capable of repeating last season’s accomplishment and girls could surpass being runner-up.
“We still haven’t put our full team together,” Wilkinson said. “I’m excited about the possibilities when we are at full strength. I hope these kids have a chance to finish what they started.”
Broken Arrow’s event champions included Payton Hinkle, girls 800 meter run; Auryana Johnson, girls 300 meter hurdles; Callie Mullens, girls high jump; Kyra Heald, girls long jump; Boys 4x800 relay; Crayton Shaw, boys 110 meter hurdles; Chauncey Fourte, boys 400 meter dash; and Zach McGowan, boys 300 meter hurdles.
The girls won the meet, while a dropped baton at the end of the 4x400 relay cost the boys first place.