"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
"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.