The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 4, 2013

High-riding 1,600 relay leads Enid to Putnam

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s boys 1,600-meter relay will be going for its third-straight gold medal at today’s Putnam City Invitational.

The quartet of Seth Handley, Raheem Mitchell, Alex McCoy and Alex Lofton will be trying to better their winning time of 3:24.88 at last week’s Bethany Invitational.

The Plainsmen are ranked in the top five in 6A in all three relays — the 400 with Alex Lofton, Seth Handley, Mitchell and Johnny Lawrence, 42.6 and the 800 with Lawrence, McCoy, Mitchell and Handley, 1:31.3.

“We’re pretty excited about that,’’ said Enid coach Joe Miranov. “We want to keep the momentum going.’’

This week’s wet weather has hampered workouts, especially the relays, where handoffs are so vital.

“I still think we’re going to go out and do pretty well,’’ Miranov said. “We want to get closer to that 3:20 mark. Of course, it’s easier to do when you have good weather. We’re getting closer to crunch time. We want to make sure everyone is used to each other and gets their hand-offs down.’’

Lofton has a medal in all four of Enid’s meets in the 400 meters. He had a season-best 49.3 in finishing second at Bethany. He is ranked in the top three in the 400.

Handley has a medal in all three meets he’s competed at in the 200.

Rob Frantz has medal in three meets in the shot put. He had a season-best throw of 44-11 at Bethany.

Enid’s girls will be led by high jumper Macy Adams, who has placed in at least the top four in all four of her meets. Her best jump has been a 5-0.

Holly Stuart, who has been battling injuries, will not run in any of the girls relays, but will compete in the 800 and 1,600.

The girls 3,200-meter relay has placed in three of the four meets, including a fourth at Bethany with three freshman Kalyn Barton, Andi Pierce and Savannah D’Auteuil and one sophomore, Tyler Burge.

“That makes it pretty exciting,’’ Miranov said. “When you are that young, you’re going to be pulling down some time. They might have a chance to qualify for state.’’

Lizzy Grothe has placed in three meets in the discus.

Miranov said there should be 20 teams at the meet, most from the Oklahoma City area.

“We haven’t seen a lot of those teams,’’ Miranov said. “We should see some good competition, which should help push us along.’’