Velma-Alma’s Robert Suttles competes in the long jump event during the Class A State Tournament Saturday. The boys track team took first overall, winning its third straight title.

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For the last three years, there have been three things you can count on: death, taxes and the Velma boys track team winning the state title.

The Comets solidified themselves as the top Class A track team in Oklahoma for the third straight season Saturday, winning numerous events and running away with first place by 34 points.

Senior Checotah Lynn played a huge part in bringing the title back to Velma-Alma, taking first in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles for the second straight season and helping the 4X100 and 4X200 Meter Relay teams win state as well. Lynn finished the 300 meter in 41.21 seconds and completed the 110 meter race in 14.19 seconds.

The Comets also thrived in the two other relay events, taking second in the 4X800 and third in the 4X400 races.

Though Lynn dropped the pole vault this season after winning last year’s state title, V-A would not be denied, as senior Austein Dennis won the event with a height of 14 feet and six inches.

Robert Suttles also made his presence felt in the hurdle events, finishing second in the 110 Meter race with a time of 15.64 seconds and taking fourth in the 300 Meter race with a time of 42.99 seconds.

In girls competition, freshman Nikki Wright led the way for the Lady Comets, earning the team’s lone point with a sixth place finish in the discus throw.

Waurika also found success at the meet, with freshman Mason Boyd taking second place in the boys 3200 Meter Run with a time of 10:55.40 and Reyna Swift finishing third in the girls shot put, throwing 33 feet and seven inches.

Junior Daley Gay stayed consistent for Waurika in finals of the girls hurdles, placing sixth in each event. Gay finished the 300 Meter with a time of 52.10 seconds and completed the 100 Meter race in 17.25 seconds. She also took seventh in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 1:35.37.


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