The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 26, 2013

Cherokee boys riding high into regionals

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Cherokee’s boys aren’t seeing today’s Class A regional meet at Chisholm as a warmup for next week’s state championships.

“You want to try to qualify (for state) as many as you can,’’ said Chiefs coach Steve Hickman. “I’ve seen a lot of things happen at state that aren’t suppose to happen.’’

The top three finishers earn automatic bids for the state meet. A fourth or fifth-place finisher could earn an at-large bid.

The meet will start with field events at 9:30 a.m. Running prelims begin at 9:45 a.m.

All four of Cherokee’s relays — the 400 (44.9), the 800 (1:33.12), the 1,600 (3:33.24) and the 3,200 (8:49.27) come in with the second fastest times statewide in Class A, according to OHStrack.com.

Tanner Ducotey holds the top ranking in both the 200 (22.86) and long jump (21-11⁄2). He runs on both the 400 (with Josh Argraves, Tanner Bowman and Landon Schanbacher) and 800 (with Argraves, Cortez Lee-Read and Schanbacher).

Lee-Read (2:07.82) and Tim James (2:08.24) are second and third in the 800. They run on both the 1,600 (Argraves and Schanbacher) and 3,200 relays (Austin Huckabee and Avery Bagenstos).

Schanbacher is ranked No. 5 in the 400 (52.36) and Michael Lucas is ranked No. 2 in the discus (141-1).

“These kids have done everything we have asked them to do,’’Hickman said. “We have some kids with some pretty good speed, but they are hard workers.They are easy to coach and the relay teams have been focusing on the handoffs. They are doing well on those.’’

Hickman sees Garber, Medford and Pond Creek-Hunter as three of Cherokee’s biggest threats at the regionals.