"font-size: 10pt">The Grove girls won their second track meet of
the year by the slimmest of margins, taking the title at the
Hilldale Invitational by a half point over second place Okmulgee
"font-size: 10pt">The Lady Ridgerunners, who won four golds and 11
medals overall, finished with 106 points, while the Lady Bulldogs
finished with 105.5.
"font-size: 10pt">The highlight of the meet for Grove was a school
record set by Caitlin Bales in the 100 meter dash. Bales’ time of
12.08 broke her own record she set as a freshman and is also
believed to be the fastest time in the state this season, according
"font-size: 10pt">Kat Johnson also had a big day for the Lady
Ridgerunners, winning both the shot put and the discus. Emily
Iverson claimed the fourth and final gold of the day, clearing 5’4”
to win the high jump title.
"font-size: 10pt">Other medalists at Hilldale include; Ashleigh
Tramel (fourth in the 400 meters), Michaela Werner (second in the
3200 meters), Braleigh Bechtol (second in the pole vault), Tiffanee
Miller (third in the pole vault), Mason Jeffries (second in the
discus) as well as silver medals in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter
"font-size: 10pt">The Grove boys also claimed a number of medals at
Hilldale, highlighted by Ryan Wheatley’s win in the 400 meters.
Wheatley also finished second in the 800 meters, while teammate
Dallas Sorrels claimed fourth in the same event.
"font-size: 10pt">Other medalists at Hilldale include; Chad
Rainbolt (fourth in the 300 meter hurdles), Curtis Parton (second
in the pole vault), Josh Friend (third in the shot put) and Rocky
Jefferies (third in the discus). The Grove boys also claimed second
in the 1600-meter relay.
"font-size: 10pt">On Tuesday the Grove track teams traveled to
Miami, where the girls finished second to Coweta while the boys
finished in sixth place.
"font-size: 10pt">The Lady Ridgerunners finished with three gold
medals at Miami, where Bales won the 100 meters, while Iverson
again won the high jump and Johnson claimed another title in the
"font-size: 10pt">Other medalists were Bales in the 400 meters
(fourth), Blair Thomas (third in the 800 meters), Werner (fourth in
the 1600 meters), Bechtol (fifth in the pole vault), and Johnson
(third in the shot put). The Lady Ridgerunners also finished third
and fifth in the 1600 and 3200 meter relays.
"font-size: 10pt">Ryan Wheatley claimed the lone gold medal for the
boys at Miami, finishing first in the 800 meters. Sorrels added a
fourth place finish in that event.
"font-size: 10pt">Other medalists included; Derek Pigsley (fifth in
the 3200 meters), Chad Rainbolt (third in the 300-meter hurdles),
Matt Jeffries (fifth in the pole vault), Friend (fifth in the shot
put) and Rocky Jefferies (fifth in the discus).
"font-size: 10pt">The Grove track teams will be back in action on
Friday when they travel to Coweta.