Grove’s Lady Red track team is sending nine athletes to State.
Those eight athletes will compete in six events: the 100 meter hurdles, the 800 meter run, the 4 x 800 meter relay, the high jump, the pole vault and the shot put.
100 Meter Hurdles
Anastasia Pace has earned her share of wins in this event during the 2019 season, but the junior is the number three seed at the State Meet. Pace qualified with a time of 15.94. Less than half a second is between Pace and the number one seed, Duncan’s Kaitlin Hunter. Hunter, who is also a junior, qualified with a time of 15.67.
800 Meter Run
Lady Red Sophomore Rory Geer has also won this event numerous times throughout the season, but her Regional time of 2:25.89 has her in the number five seed position. Less than four seconds separates Geer from the number one see, Kayla McGruder, a senior from Tecumseh High School. McGruder ran a 2:21.97 to qualify for State. Geer is one of three sophomores in the top five spots, the remaining two are held by seniors.
4 x 800 Meter Relay
The 4 x 800 meter relay team were the State Champions last season and are in an interesting position. Sade Monfort, Katelyn Cohea, Emma Pospisil and Geer make up the four woman team. Despite the loss of two of the Championship members, the team has been improving all year, qualifying with a time of 10:10.43. That time puts the team in the number three seed spot. The Lady Red’s 2018 winning time was 10:10.01 and the number one seeded team, Altus High School, qualified with a time of 10:03.40.
Elyssa Teel has been battling an injury for the majority of the season. Despite that, Teel has placed third in most meets this season. Teel qualified for State by clearing the height of 4-08. Teel is caught in a five-way tie for twelfth seed. With only five seniors competing in the event, Teel has more experience than most of the field. However the number one spot is shared by senior Maddy Scott of Carl Albert and freshman Emily Beaner of Woodward, both cleared a height of 5-02 to qualify.
The Lady Red have two athletes who qualified for the Pole Vault: sophomore Hannah Dozier and freshman Kaylee Shepherd. Dozier is in a four way tie for third seed, qualifying with a height of 9-00. After an eight-way tie for seventh seed is Shepherd, the number fifteen seed, qualifying by clearing 8-00. The number one seed, Emiline Henderson is a junior from Bishop McGuiness, who cleared 10-03 to earn that spot. Collinsville’s Ramsey Keim is the number two seed. Keim vaulted a height of 9-06 to qualify.
Junior Deirjaye Davis has battled elbow issues and is still the number six seed. Davis qualified with a throw of 35-11 at the Regional Meet in Tulsa. The number one seed, Sadie Boos, is a senior from Bishop Kelley. Boos threw a distance of 39-10 to earn the number one spot.
The Lady Red will compete on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at Moore High School.