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Marlow’s boys pole vaulters didn’t take long to establish themselves.
Sophomore Dean Howard won the event at Marlow’s track meet Thursday. Teammate Zack Phipps and Patrick Kelly joined him in the top six.
Outlaw coach Bobby Wortham credited vaulters coach Jimmy Dial for preparing the athletes. As the trio continues to excel, it will only help Marlow at meets.
“You’re going to score a lot of points at a meet if you go 1-2-3,” he said. “That’s 25 points right there.”
The Outlaws had the top two discus throwers. Hector Bullock won the event and Caden George took second. The two will join Dalton Daubensteck in giving the Outlaws a good trio in the event. Wortham said he also expects good things from Riley Julian, who is in his first year of track and throws the shot put.
Braeden O’Dell was another Outlaw standout, as he won the high jump. Wortham was impressed, considering that O’Dell just started the event last year and had only two days of practice prior to Thursday’s meet. O’Dell cleared six feet to open the season.
“I’m thinking he can go 6’6”, and he may even go higher,” Wortham said.
In the running events, Wortham liked what he saw for the first meet. Marlow’s boys were second in the 400-meter relay and third in the 3200 relay. While it will take some time for the athletes to get into track shape, Wortham expects them to be strong by season’s end.
“We’ve got good guys who are talented, working hard and fun to be around,” he said.
On the girls’ side, Marlow coach Brian Miller liked what he saw from Rylee Rich, who took second in the 800-meter run, third in the 1600 and was part of the second-place 3200-meter relay team.
Rich joins teammates Lauryn Knox, Hannah Scarbrough and Tiarah Nunley in the relay. Miller said the four are off to a good start and, while much work remains to be done, he is confident the quartet will be a top relay by season’s end.
In the throws, Shayna Throckmorton took second in the shot and Kelsee Morriston was second in the discus. Miller said their marks were good to open the season. He added Morgan Smith posted good times in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He expects her, Knox, Tory Nations and Kaitlyn Kizarr to form a quality 800-meter relay.
Mostly, Miller wants the girls to keep building on the marks they met in the first meet.
“The thing about track is all that matters is how you are at the end of the year, and that’s what we strive for,” Miller said.
Velma-Alma freshman Caleb Crowson was one of the Comets’ standouts. He took second in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.01. A Plainview athlete blew away the field with a time of 39.75. But Comet coach Jerry Loveall is excited about what Crowson and teammate Shiloh Womack bring to the hurdles. Womack was third in the 110-meter hurdles and he will run the 300 in upcoming meets.
Loveall praised two girls. Nikki Wright threw 99’10” to take third in the discus. Loveall hoped she could throw 100 feet to open the season and she was right there. He also liked how Cailin Wright performed in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs.
“We are fairly young,” Loveall said. “We do have a good senior group, but the rest is more or less sophomores. But I do like the way everything is going.”