Tiger track runs to historic season
Boys capture 6A title
A quiet afternoon on the Broken Arrow High School track allowed Coach Scott Wilkinson a chance to reflect on what happened Friday and Saturday at Moore High School.
The culmination of those two days resulted in the Broken Arrow Track and Field’s best ever performance at a state meet. The boys were Class 6A State Champions and the girls runners up. It was the first time in school history that the Tigers brought home two team trophies from the track and field state championships.
There is not a combined boys and girls champion at the state meet, but if there were BA would have brought home that trophy too. Together, BA totaled 212.5 points. Edmond Memorial, who won the girls title, boys and girls total was 187 points. Jenks two squads equaled 173 points.
“We thought in boys and girls that if things went our way and we got a few breaks that we had a chance in both of them,” Wilkinson said, looking back at the beginning of the season. “I feel like the boys meet, over the two days, went as well as it could for us.”
Boys event champions were pole vaulter Brandon Hanoch, the 4 x 100 team (Kalope Morris, Keith Smith, Corey Williams and Logan Matthews) and the 4 x 200 team (Chauncey Forte, Matthews, Smith and Morris).
The girls got championship finishes from Payton Hinkle in the 3200 and the 4 x 400 team (Kanisius Harding, Auryana Johnson, Bri Hays and Taylor Dozier).
“This was a special season,” Wilkinson said. “This group of seniors will be remembered as the group who turned the tide for Broken Arrow track. They got everything moving in the right direction and laid the framework for something special. The group came together and wanted it as a team and that’s a huge part.”
Wilkinson witnessed that drive early on Friday.
“We’ve got a bunch of seniors on that boys side. A bunch of those guys are quiet leaders,” he said. “A couple of them came up to me on Day One and asked about points and how well some guys were doing in their events. I started thinking that these guys really are aware and want this thing.”
While Wilkinson added that “the kids are super key,” he did go on to praise his assistant coaches.
“This group of coaches worked their tails off this year,” said the second-year Tiger head coach. “Every one of them put everything into the kids that they were coaching and it really showed at the state track meet.”
The connection between the athletes and the coaches came quickly.
“We ran against some teams indoor who were running out of their mind and running faster than our kids,” Wilkinson said. “One big thing our coaching staff did with these kids is tell them to be patient and trust the process. The kids bought into what our coaches were saying.”
And, voilá – as Wilkinson called it – “a special season.” As history called it – the school’s best track season ever.