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May 14, 2013

Demons track teams’ future remain bright

DUNCAN — Facing the top teams in the state last weekend, the Duncan track teams finished a year to remember with a performance that won’t soon be forgotten.

The Demons couldn’t keep pace with heavy favorite Deer Creek (Edmond) but finish their 2013 campaign as the second best team in Oklahoma while the Lady Demons finished 12th.

“I thought we performed so well in just about every event we competed in,” Demons coach Todd Ledford said. “To finish this high was a major accomplishment for our program.

Looking back on the meet, Ledford said a huge key in the team’s success came in the field events, as the team took top three finishes in shot put, discus and pole vault.

Derek McKnight defended his state title in the shot put with a distance of 57 feet and nine inches and Kevin Roddy won his first state championship in the discus throw, throwing 172 feet and two inches. Roddy proved to be Roddy’s top competition in the shot put, taking second with a throw of 56 and nine inches.

“It was great to see those two compete against each other. They’ve made each other better all season,” Ledford said. “I know it meant so much to Derek to win again, it was an emotional moment for him.”

Coming in as a two-time state champion, Dylan Mettler once again finished as one of the state’s best in the pole vault, tying for second after clearing 14 feet six inches.

“Sure, he was disappointed he could not win a third state title, but runner up is also a huge accomplishment,” Ledford said. “The competition was better than the last five or six years and he will go down as one of the top pole vaulters in school history.”

In the final meet of her career, Kaitlyn Wright went out with authority, taking third in the pole vault. The same could be said for Alexa Goldsberry, who claimed fourth in the discus.

Walker Clampitt made the most of his junior year at state, taking second in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. After claiming the bronze in the 1600 meter, Mason Bivens helped Duncan with a second place finish in the 3200.

Now that the bar has been set so high, Ledford said he expects Duncan to maintain that same level of success in the years to come.

“I think this is a program now where we can place in the top three state each year,” Ledford said. “Deer Creek had a lot of seniors competing this season and that could bode well for us.

The meet was the last competition in the high schools careers for Jack Braught, Aja Calvin, Christian Carnahan, Goldsberry, McKnight, Mettler, Amberleigh Rushin and Wright.

 

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