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April 15, 2014

Demon track athletes get extra time to prepare for OU meet

DUNCAN — The Duncan track teams will not attend a scheduled meet Tuesday, to give them a couple extra days to prepare for a meet Friday at the University of Oklahoma.

The Demons were to attend a meet at Oklahoma Baptist University, but testing at Duncan schools and other issues meant that not all the athletes would have been able to attend. Coach Todd Ledford said other factors were the weather and, if Duncan attended, it would have meant three meets in a seven-day span.

Ledford also wanted his athletes to have extra time to prepare for the meet in Norman Friday. That meet will feature some of the best teams in Class 6A.

The Duncan track coach felt that the athletes had a good showing at Deer Creek last Friday, even though they didn’t compete in every event they usually do. Mason Bivens, a standout in the 3200-meter run, did not run that race at Deer Creek so he could concentrate on other races. He and teammate Walker Clampitt ran their best times of the season in the 800, which Ledford liked.

Ledford added he liked what he saw from Hunter Kelly, who ran the 400 the first time this season and placed sixth, and Jacob Whitt, who took sixth in the discus.

Another standout was Connor Kelly in the hurdles. He did not finish the 110-meter hurdles because another competitor knocked over a hurdle that got in Kelly’s way. The Demon senior bounced back to take fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.

“He’s been really consistent,” Ledford said. “I look for him to start hitting for even faster times.”

The girls are getting improved performances from Kayla Huck, who took fifth in the shot put. Girls coach Dale Harris knew Huck was capable of great things.

“She had a pretty good season last year,” Harris said. “It took her a while to get to this point, but she’s making good progress.”

Throwers coach Tim Bubin likes what he has seen from all the throwers, ranging from senior standout Kevin Roddy, who won the boys shot and discus at Deer Creek, to freshman Falon Howell, who placed fifth in the girls discus.

“They are all coming along and all progressing,” he said. “Every week is better and our habits are better.”

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