High school state track notebook: Boise City’s Colten Brown nearly breaks Jay Miller’s 30-year-old record
Boise City’s Colten Brown nearly breaks Jay Miller’s 30-year-old record
It was Colten Brown’s third race of the day, but he was going for a record.
In 1989, Wakita’s Jay Miller set the state meet record in the Class A 800-meter run. Miller, whose son runs for Pond Creek-Hunter, was in the stands with a stopwatch watching carefully as Brown gunned for his record.
He was cheering for Brown as he navigated his way down the front stretch after his first lap. Miller’s record is 1:57.23, and Brown won his race in 2:00.70.
Miller said he had a slight advantage — that he won’t complain about — running the 800 early in the day. Because of Friday’s weather delay pushing back every track event, the 800 was the third event Brown had run Saturday after the 3,200 and 3,200 relay, and he still had the 1,600 left left.
Brown is heading to Oklahoma Christian to run track, but he is happy with Saturday’s results in his final high school event.
“I feel like (with) the cards that were dealt to me, I did pretty good,” Brown said. “Running those distance events is very, very challenging. Not only physically but mentally.”
Brown captured victories in the 1,600 and 3,200. Boise City’s 3,200 relay team finished second.
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Six records broken in Class 2A and A meet
As the sun appeared from behind the clouds, records were being broke all over the Western Heights track.
During the Class 2A and A track meet Saturday, six records were toppled while many more came close to being rewritten. A slight north breeze and late sunshine created excellent running conditions and helped runners create history.
In Class 2A, Regent Prep’s Ellie Gilbreath broke the 3,200 record with her time of 11 minutes, 25.53 seconds. Woodland’s McKale Davis set the old record of 11:35.66 in 2003. In the second-to-last event of the day, Gilbreath broke the 1,600 record in 5:18.70, beating a 2011 record that Hennessey’s Abby Tillman set.
In the 100 hurdles, Fairland’s Jessica Roberts set a record of 14.88, besting McKenna Morley of Cordell’s record of 14.97 set in 2016.
Roberts' impressive day didn’t stop there. She also captured victories in the 100-meter dash and 300 hurdles.
Garber’s Jessica Kissam set the Class A high-jump record with a leap of 5-feet, 7-inches. Four girls held the old record with Southwest Covenant’s Kylie Moseley accomplishing the feat in 2017.
The 3,200 record also fell for the boys in Class 2A with Mooreland junior Collen McLain running it in 9:36.77, beating a record Sequoyah Tahlequah’s Lamont Frazier set in 1980. In the 1,600, Hobart’s Brady Carpenter set a record in 4:25.30, beating Hinton’s Justin Pitchford’s record of 4:28.12 set in 2002.
Team state champions crowned
The first team champion crowned was the Boise City girls track team, which captured the Class A team title with 125 points. Second-place Thomas secured 75 points while Velma-Alma came in third with 68.
Watonga won the Class 2A girls title with 91 points, beating second-place Pawkuska, which garnered 62 points. Last season’s champion Cashion finished third with 61 points.
In Class A boys, Thomas captured its second-straight title after posting 120 points. Second-place Boise City finished with 58 points while Timberlake finished third with 44 points.
For Class 2A boys, Pawhuska captured a state title with 85 points. Hooker came in seconds after tallying 63.33 points, and Mooreland came in third with 55 points.
Academic state champions named
The smartest track and field athletes were recognized toward the end of the Class 2A and A track meet Saturday.
In Class 2A, Watonga and Hollis’ girls won academic state titles with Oklahoma Union and Watonga’s boys taking home the boys titles. All four teams had 4.0 grade-point average.
In Class A, Turpin won the girls academic state title with a 4.0 GPA and Medford won the boys with a 3.933 GPA.
Cameron Jourdan, Staff writer