"font-size: 10pt">CATOOSA – Both the Grove and Jay track teams

competed in the Verdigris Valley Conference Track Meet on Tuesday

afternoon, a day after it was originally scheduled due to the

severe weather.

"font-size: 10pt">On the girls’ side the Lady Ridgerunners finished

in second place with 159 points, nine behind Vinita. The Jay girls

finished in sixth place with 34 points.

"font-size: 10pt">The Grove girls collected 23 medals in all on the

day, including five gold medals. Senior Kat Johnson collected two

of those golds, winning both the shot put and the discus by wide

margins. In the shot put, Johnson recorded a distance of 34 feet, 2

¼ inches, winning the event by over three feet. In the discus

Johnson’s best throw covered 119 feet, three inches, beating

teammate Mason Jeffries by 12 feet.

"font-size: 10pt">The Lady Ridgerunners’ also got first place

finishes from Caitlin Bales, who won the 100 meter dash in 13.01,

and from Emily Iverson, who cleared five feet to win the high jump.

Grove’s other gold medal came in the 3200 meter relay. The Lady

Ridgerunners also finished second in the 1600 meter relay as well

as fourth in both the 400 and 800 meter relays. Bales also finished

third in the 200 meters and second in the 300 meter


"font-size: 10pt">Other medalists included; Ashleigh Tramel (third

in the 400, fourth in the 800), Iverson (sixth in the 300 hurdles),

Lexi Lane (fifth in the 800), Michaela Werner (second in the 3200

and fourth in the 1600), Blair Thomas (third in the long jump),

Ashley Hampton (fifth in the long jump), Braleigh Bechtol (second

in the pole vault) and Erin Swartz (sixth in the 100


"font-size: 10pt">The Jay girls collected five medals in all, led

by Talisa Budder. Budder picked up a silver in the 1600 meters and

a bronze in the 3200 meters. Carrie Kirby also picked up a fifth

place finish in the 100 meter hurdles. The Lady Bulldogs also

finished third in the 3200 meter relay and fifth in the 1600 meter


"font-size: 10pt">On the boys side the Ridgerunners finished in

fifth place as a team with 41 points, led by Ryan Wheatley’s wins

in the 400 and 800 meter runs.

"font-size: 10pt">Wheatley finished the 400 meters in 52.05, over a

second ahead of Shai Jones of Jay. Wheatley finished the 800 meters

in 2:04.15, edging out Foster of Wagoner by .05 of a second.

Wheatley also picked up a fifth place finish in the 1600


"font-size: 10pt">Grove’s other gold medal came from Josh Friend,

who won the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 10


"font-size: 10pt">Other medalists for the Ridgerunners included;

Cameron Smith (sixth in the 200), John Tune (fifth in the pole

vault) and Rocky Jefferies (third in the discus).

"font-size: 10pt">Wagoner won the boys side with 182


"font-size: 10pt">In junior high action the Jay and Grove girls

finished third and fourth. On the boys’ side Grove finished second

while Jay finished seventh.