The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 4, 2013

Boys relays golden at regionals

Enid News and Eagle

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Enid’s boys followed coach Joe Miranov pre-meet message of “do what you’re supposed to do’’ at the Class 6A regional track championships Saturday.

The Plainsmen earned automatic bids to the state meet by winning the 400 and 1,600-meter relays and finishing second in the 800. They were fifth in the 3,200, which could get an at-large bid (best four times from non-automatic qualifiers statewide).

Alex Lofton, Seth Handley, Raheem Mitchell and Marshawn Mills had a time of 43 seconds in the 400. Ha ndley, Mitchell, Alex McCoy and Lofton had a 3:27.3 in the 1,600

Mitchell, McCoy, Mills and Handley had a 1:31.61 in the 800 relay. Aaron Beagle, Chris Daniels, Antonio Thomas and Garrett Wallace had a personal best time of 8:43.06 in the 3,200.

“They did exactly what they were supposed to do,’’ Miranov said. “We got the batons around. We didn’t run our best times, but we ran well under the conditions. It was pretty miserable.’’

Lofton won the open 200 meters in 22.1 and earned another ticket to state by finishing second in the 400 in 49.7. Handley was third in the 400 in 50.1. The top three finishers in each event qualified for state.

“Alex is showing he’s one of the best runners in the state,’’ Miranov said.

The Plainsmen finished third as a team with 93 points. Broken Arrow (261) and Stillwater (104) were first and second.

Other EHS placers were Demetris Lofton, fifth, 110 hurdles, 16.38; Thomas, sixth, 110 hurdles, 18.1; Beagle, fifth, 800, 2:10; McCoy, sixth, 400, 51.7; Mitchell, sixth, 200, 23.02; and Mills, fifth, long jump, 20-2.

The Pacers were seventh as a team with 35 points.

Enid had two automatic state qualifiers in sophomore high jumper Macy Adams, who was second with a leap of five feet and the 400-meter relay team of Misha Claytor, Irene DelaTorre, Natasha Washington and Lateara Wooley, which were third in 56.6 seconds.

“It’s a big honor to go to state no matter what sport you’re in,’’ Miranov said. “The girls sprint relay was a big surprise.’’

Adams qualified for the second straight year.

Other EHS placers were the 3,200-meter relay of Tyler Berge, Claytor, Andi Pierce and Abby Resendiz, fourth, 10:57; Jadyn House, sixth, 100 hurdles, 18.0; the 800 relay of Claytor, Wooley, House and Washington, sixth, 1:57; Pierce, sixth, 1,600, 5:55; the 1,600 relay of Kylynn Barton, Claytor, Maggie Ruding and Autumn D’Auteuil, sixth, 4:49; and Ellanah Schneider, shot put, 28-6.

“I think anybody who was fourth has a good chance of getting in,’’ Miranov said. “Alex McCoy might have a good chance in the 400.’’

The at-large entries will be announced Monday by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.