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Duncan’s Kevin Roddy, Walker Clampitt and Mason Bivens are among the best in track and the Bishop McGuinness meet was no exception.
The three each won events at Thursday’s competition. Clampitt won the 800-meter run, Bivens won the 1600 and 3200, and Roddy won the shot put and discus. Bivens’ 1600 time of 4:31.40 was his personal best.
“Those three guys are very talented,” said Demon coach Todd Ledford. “Once we get the rest of the team into shape, we’ll put together some really good times.”
Many of the boys athletes competed for the first time this season, because they didn’t have much practice after finishing basketball and wrestling. Brothers Connor and Hunter Kelly were among them and Ledford though they did well in the 300-meter hurdles, in which Connor took fifth.
“I was pleased both of their times,” Ledford said. “The 300 is really an endurance race, one of the toughest races.”
Ledford added that freshman A.J. Stewart has potential to be a top high jumper. He competed in the event for the first time ever and just missed a top-six finish.
“He just gets it and understands it. He will be very good for us,” Ledford said.
For the girls, coach Dale Harris said Maddie Bowles, Mattie Bivens, Rebecca Brewer and Skylar Standokes all stood out.
“In the track events, this was probably the best the girls have done in several years,” Harris said. “It was a reasonably strong meet with talented (Class) 6A athletes.”
He thought Brewer was sharp all day. She took second in the 100-meter dash. The event winner, Lauren Means of Lawton Eisenhower, is an early favorite to win the 100 at the Class 6A state meet. Brewer added a third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles.
Standokes took second in the 200 and third in the long jump, Bowles was fourth in the 400, and Bivens was fifth in the 800 and 1600-meter runs.
Duncan had three girls place in the top six in the pole vault. Karlie Montgomery was third, Adrienne Gibson fourth and Alexa Cabelka sixth. Harris was happy to see Montgomery, a senior, start the season well after missing last season with injuries. The other two are freshmen and Harris expects them to keep improving.