May 12, 2014

Girls relays lead Lady Chicks to state


Chickasha will send eight competitors to the Class 5A State Meet in Yukon starting Friday after some best times were achieved at regionals.

All three girls relay teams -- the 400, 800 and 1600 meter -- qualified from what head coach Nancy Waters calls one of the toughest regions in the state. 

"Our regional was the fastest of the four, and the girls really did a fantastic job," Waters said. "All the hard work and sweat they have put in paid off on Saturday."

The 400 meter relay team will consist of Shantel Hayden, Tawn Neidy, Jaycie Brown and Ivy McPherson. The event starts both the Friday preliminary and Saturday final rounds of the meet running events at 1 p.m.

The 400 relay finished in third at regionals with a time of 50.70 seconds. 

Hayden, Brown and Neidy will take part with Tania Davis in the 800 relay team, which also finished third in 1:48.12 at regionals. The 1600 relay team will get one shot, with just a final round standing between Davis, Neidy, Hayden and Hanna Fergason and a state medal.

But Fergason's signature moment at state will come on Friday, when the top long jumper in Class 5A aims for another personal best. Fergason qualified with a 17' 2" jump at regionals to finish first, having reached six-and-a-half inches further at conference the week prior. 

Neidy will also compete in an individual state event having come in third in the girls 100 meters with a time of 12.61 seconds. Brown will represent the Lady Chicks in the 200 meters, reaching state with a sixth place finish in 26.65 seconds.

Davis' time of 1:03.17 in the 400 meters was good enough for fifth place and a place at state. In addition to long jump, Fergason will also compete in the 300 meter hurdles. She was named as an additional qualifier after placing seventh with a time at 51.49 seconds. All four additional qualifiers were named from the Deer Creek regional meet, underscoring how competitive the field was on Saturday.

The Fighin' Chicks send one competitor, Evan Copeland, who will compete in the boys long jump. Copeland finished third at regionals with a jump of 21' 4".

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