GRADY COUNTY —
A busy weekend of track saw nine top three finishes from area schools and one gold.
Minco's Hunter Jones took the top podium spot in the boys 3200 meter run at the Class 2A State meet at Carl Albert. Four competitors each finished second a third.
Alex senior Holly Anderson just missed out on state gold in the girls 100 meter hurdles. She entered the meet ranked first in the state, but finished in second with a time of 15.83 second, not even half a second behind Randi Yates of Texhoma who took gold. Anderson also finished sixth in the state in the 300 meter hurdles.
Xiong-Ni Euwins placed third for Alex in girls long jump with her effort of 16' 9.75". RayLee Conner took gold for Woodland with a jump of 17' 1.25". Euwins also took sixth in the high jump.
Faith Alexander competed in girls shot put for the Lady Longhorns, finishing 11th with a throw of 31' 1".
Jones' gold in the 3200 meters capped an impressive meet for Minco. Watonga's Wyatt Johnson had to settle for second nearly 11 seconds behind Jones' time of 10:20.49. He also finished fifth in the 1600 meters.
Taryn Williams represented Minco on the girls' side, taking second in the 800 meters in a time of 2:25.69. Omega Reese won the event for Tonkawa in 2:18.17.
Carlie McKinney's high jump of 4' 10.5" was good enough for fourth place for Minco.
Ninnekah's Erin Cheek finished tied for eighth in that event, both competitors behind Talihina's Keisha Brown in first with a jump of five-foot even. Cheek was also part of an all-area podium finish in the long jump. She took third place with a jump of 16' 1.5", behind second placed Large of Rush Springs and her effort of 16' 10.25". Both finished behind Dibble's Brooke James, who won with an impressive 17' 8.75".