Grove track and field team has eight athletes heading to the State meet.
Once there, those athletes will compete in four events: the 110 meter hurdles, the 300 meter hurdles, the 4 x 800 meter relay and the pole vault.
110 Meter Hurdles
Sophomore Greg McCurdy is the number sixteen seed for the event, qualifying with a time of 17.15. McCurdy faces an uphill battle as the number one seed, junior Slater Ward of Bishop McGuiness, ran a 14.67 to qualify. However, only the number one and two seeds are running in the fourteen second range. The majority of the field runs in the sixteen second range, with just McCurdy and the number fifteen seed, senior Stetson Harkness of Guthrie, running in the very low seventeens.
300 Meter Hurdles
Sitting in the number ten seed spot is Grove senior Caleb Haidsiak. Haidsiak qualified with the time of 42.68, less than three seconds behind the number one seed, senior Malcom Tillman of Collinsville. Tillman qualified with a time of 39.96. The event is heavy with upperclassmen, featuring six seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores, meaning that a lot of experience will be on the track for this event.
4 x 800 Meter Relay
The sixth seeded Ridgerunners are made up of Joel Martin, Josh Jessup, Mason Baxter and RaShawn Harding. The four man team qualified with a time of 8:32.49. There are five teams who run in the eight minute and thirty second area, Piedmont (8:32.15), Grove, Carl Albert (9.35.97), Lawton Eisenhower (8:36.40) and Tahlequah (8:38.39). The number one seed and the number two seed, Guthrie High School and Bishop McGuiness respectively, are incredibly close. Guthrie ran an 8:12.01 to qualify, while Bishop McGuiness finished with a time of 8:12.06.
Grove has two athletes competing in this event, juniors Anthony Lucky and Kai Sarwinski. Lucky won the Regional with a height of 12-06, but that puts him into a three way tie with Woodward’s pole vaulters, Kaleb Key and Eduardo Tena, for the number six seed. Sarwinski is in a three way tie with Glenpool’s Carson Potter and Elgin’s Cameron Jelly for ninth seed, qualifying with a 12-00 jump. Senior Preston Lynn of Bishop McGuiness leads the event with a height of 14-00.
The Ridgerunners will compete on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, at Moore High School.