Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

SKIATOOK- Led by a strong showing in the relays, the Grove Lady Ridgerunners took first place at the Class 5A Regional track meet held at Skiatook High School on Saturday.

The Lady Ridgerunners took first in the 1600 and 3200 meter relays, as well as third in the 800 meters, finishing with 119 team points. The Tulsa Edison Lady Eagles finished in second with 101 points.

Caitlin Bales, Alyssa Ortner, Peri Lane and Tessa Robertson ran the 800 meter relay, while Blair Thomas, Lane, Robertson and Bales teamed up to win the 1600. The 3200 meter team consisted of Thomas, Lane, Ashley Trammel and Courtney Medeiros.

The top three in each event earned a spot in next week’s State Championship, which will be held at East Central High School in Tulsa. Additional qualifying spots were given based on results from the other three regionals held around the state.

In addition to the three relay events, the Lady Ridgerunners had individual qualifiers in six events, led by sprinter Caitlin Bales, who finished second in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200 meters. Alyssa Ortner also medaled in those events with a fifth and sixth place finish.

Blair Thomas also snagged a spot in next week’s state meet with a second place in the 800-meter run. Courtney Medeiros earned a sixth place medal in the same event.

For hurdler Tessa Robertson it was an up-and-down day. After being disqualified for a violation in the 100 meter hurdles, Robertson bounced back to win the 300 meters.

In the field events Kathleen Johnson claimed the Lady Ridgerunners’ only other individual gold, winning the championship in the discus. Johnson also qualified for state with a second place finish in the shot put. Johnnie Keene also medaled in the two throwing events, finishing fourth in the discus and sixth in the shot, but her distances were enough to qualify her for state in those both events.

Brittany Macomber finished fifth in the pole vault to round out the GHS medalists.

On the boys’ side the Ridgerunners had qualifiers in four events, led by Brody Scott’s gold medal in the 300 medal hurdles. Like Robertson, Scott also failed to finish in the 110-meter hurdles.

In the 800 meters Ryan Wheately finished in second place, while Sean Haywood also claimed silver in the discus. Rounding out the Ridgerunners’ automatic qualifiers was Zach Housely, who finished third in the pole vault.

Other medalists for Grove included Wheately and Caleb White’s fifth and sixth place finishes in the 1600 meters. White’s fourth place finish in the 3200 was good enough to qualify him for state.

The 1600-meter relay team of Scott, Wheately, Cameron Smith and Chad Rainbolt also just missed out on the state meet with a fourth place finish.

Rounding out the qualifiers for the Ridgerunners was Josh Friend, who finished fourth in the shot put. Hayword finished sixth in the same event.

Overall the boys finished in sixth place with 47 points. Tahlequah won the event with 140 points.