By Bruce Campbell

Staff Writer



Eight of the top 10 finishers in last fall’s boys’ Class 6A cross country championships will be competing in the regional track meet at Union today, including Enid’s Tim Richard and Kerryn Sarwansingh.

That is one reason why Sarwansingh will be running in the 800 meters.

The top three finishers earn automatic berths to next week’s state championships at Tulsa East Central. The top four times or distances from the rest will earn at-large berths.

EHS will be joined by host Union, Broken Arrow, Tulsa Memorial, Ponca City, Sapulpa, Stillwater and Yukon.

“There’s going to be a couple of top guys left out of the state meet,’’ said EHS coach Joe Miranov. “Kerryn felt the same way. He has no qualms about running in the 800.’’

Richard, according to the Oklahoma High School Track Web site, is ranked third among regional contestants in the 3,200 (9:55.62) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:35.28). He was the Mid-State Conference champion in the 1,600.

Sarwansingh, the Mid-State champion in the 1,600, is ranked third among in the regional in that event with a best time of 4:34.43.

Richard, Sarwansingh, Cody Camacho and Joel Dutton are ranked first in the regional in the 3,200 meters with a time of 8:04.49

Other Plainsmen ranked on the OHS Web site and their regional ranking include Nikko Mitchell, third, 400 meters, 51.24; Camacho, third, 800 meters, 1:59.46; and Dutton, seventh, 3,200, 10:16.1.

Miranov said the Plainsmen should have a chance to qualify with Mitchell in the 200, Chaz Chambers in the long jump, the 400-meter relay of Marcus Odom, Xavier Prince, Chambers and Mitchell and the 1,600-meter relay of Mitchell, Camacho, Michael Sweeney and Sarwansingh.

“I think our sprinters will have a good chance of doing well against this competition,’’ Miranov said.

The 1,600-meter relay, Miranov said, probably will need to go under 3:30 for the first time this season to qualify.

The Pacers will welcome back Aliesha Atkinson, who will be one of the favorites in the 400 meters. She is ranked No. 5 among regional contestants with a time of 1:00.70.

“She hasn’t lost her competitive edge,’’ said Miranov of Mitchell, who has missed four straight meets. “She will go after people when she’s behind in a big race.’’

Alison Gracey is tied for first among regional contestants in the high jump with a leap of five feet.

Other Pacers ranked by the OHS with their regional ranking include Jill Hibbets, fifth, 200, 26.25; Samantha Eby, second, shot put, 37 feet, one inch; Iesha Freeman, high jump, 4-11; the 800-meter relay of Laquesha Minnis, Bailey Boone, Shayka Ross and Hibbets, third, 1:48.73; and the 1,600-meter relay of Hibbets, Ross, Boone and Atkinson, fourth, 4:14.96..

“Aliesha puts us in better shape in the 1,600 relay,’’ Miranov said.

Boone was the 400 meters champion at the Mid-State Conference meet. Hibbets should contend in the 100 meters. Eby could have a chance in the discus.

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