TULSA – Chickasha’s young girls track team brought home medals in two events from the 5A/6A State Track and Field Championships at Tulsa East Central Tuesday and came close to bringing home some more.

The 4X100 relay team (Rachel White, Chelsi Oliver, Dawnshaye Blakes and Will’Eisha Irby) ran a 50.76 to place sixth and Blakes finished with a 16-3.75 in the Long Jump, also for a sixth-place medal. Blakes was edged out of fifth place by one-quarter inch by Guthrie’s Leslie Hughes.

The 4X100 was very quick and very competitive, with 1.40 seconds separating the six medallists. Booker T. Washington, Tulsa Edison and Altus finished in that order with times of 49.33, 49.76 and 49.94 with Tulsa Hale, McAlester and the Chickasha coming in at 50.11, 50.16 and 50.76, a new personal best time for the Chicks.

The same relay team also ran a new personal best time of 1:48.29 in the 4X200 but just finished out of the money. The Chicks were just 3.27 seconds out of first and a half-second out of medalling in another very competitive field.

“I’m extremely proud of our girls and the way they went out and competed,” head coach Gary Sampson said. “They’re young and this was their first experience with the competition at the state level. They were impressed but not at all intimidated.”

In the other relays, White, Talisha Broadus, Mary Kathleen Allen and Irby also just missed the podium in the 1600, placing seventh with a 4:24.91, and Leah Ray, Haylee Henry, Lauren White and Allen ran an 11:03.66 in the 3200 for a twelfth-place finish.

Individually, Allen placed seventh in the 800M Run with a 2:27.50, two seconds out of medalling, and Ray was 15th with a 2:41.81. Both also came in neck and neck in the 1600, with Ray beating Allen with a 6:03.35, besting the sophomore’s 6:03.57.

Irby placed eighth in the High Jump at 4-8, Oliver ran a 13.47 in the 100M preliminaries and Blakes placed tenth in the 200M with a 26.67.

”We had a good day,” assistant coach Nancy Waters, who works with the girls, said. “This is a very young group, mostly freshmen and sophomores, and they set a bunch of new personal best times today.

“I’m really proud of the way they ran. They’ll all be back and they’ll all get better next year.”

Sampson concurred.

“None of our boys qualified this year but we have all of our girls and all of our boys coming back and we’ve got a number of really good kids coming up from our junior high program,” he said. “We’re just going to get better next year and be in really good shape for the next few years.”

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