YUKON — The Altus High School Lady Bulldogs competed in the Class 5A Regional Meet on Saturday in Yukon and finished sixth in the 10-team field.
Ardmore won the team title, followed closely by Elgin and Lawton Ike. Duncan, Woodward and Altus were tightly packed behind them.
“This was the toughest 5A Regional this weekend,” Coach Robert Garrison, “Four of the top seven teams in the state for the girls were in this region.”
In order to qualify for the state meet an athlete must place in the top three in the regional Meet.
“I told the girls we were up against a huge task, but they responded very well,” Garrison said.
Highlighting the state qualifiers for the Lady Bulldogs was Kiandra Knight who took second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.7. Knight also qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter dash with a third place finish in the 100-meter dash with 12.46.
Jimmie Dollins will be returning to state in the hurdle events. Dollins took third in the 100-meter hurdles with 15.74 and third in the 300-meter hurdles with 48.38.
The 3200-meter relay also qualified for next week’s state meet with a third place finish. Emily Kate Pickett, Gracie Hernke, Haley Leyja and Chauncey Beckner were able to take third with a time of 10:36.
“Kiandra and Jimmie did what they needed to do to get to state,” Garrison said. “Kiandra had to run six races and she ran her fastest times in the finals and Dollins ran her fastest times of the year in the 100s.”
“The 3200 relay had a lot of pressure put on them to take third,” Garrison said. “They beat two teams ranked ahead of them to get there, which is pretty awesome.”
Another way to get to the state meet is to have one of the four fastest non-qualifying times or distances out of all the regionals.
Altus’ 800-meter relay team of Nia Hill, Knight, Dollins and Jaycee Herring knocked two seconds off their time (1:47.3) to finish fourth and put them with a pretty good chance to qualify. The 400-meter relay team of Hill, Knight, Herring and Shaquayah French also finished fourth with a time of 50.9 and also has a descent shot at making state.
Jordan Benway threw her personal and season best in the discus with 115 feet, 8 inches, to also finish fourth and put her in a good spot to advance.
“We won’t know until late Monday on the additional qualifiers but we’ve seen the results of one of the other three and our times were safe,” Garrison said. “We’re really hopeful that all of them will make it.”
Also placing at the regional meet were Jozzlin Christon, who finished sixth in the shot put with 34 feet and Kennedy Martin in the Pole Vault with 7 feet, 6 inches. Both of them also made it to state.
The Lady Bulldogs will now turn their attention to next week’s state meet. The events kick off 10 a.m. Friday with the girls’ shot and pole vault competitions. Running events will begin at noon. This year the state meet will be at Moore High School.