Speed, strength and skill were athletic components put on display at the Southern Conference championship track meet Monday at Halliburton Stadium.

The Duncan girls finished the meet in third place with 105.5 team points, while the boys completed the day in sixth with 44 points.

“We set quite a few personal records today,” Duncan girls’ head coach Dale Harris said. “We had some good times in distances and did well in a lot of events.”

Altus won the team championship in both the girls’ and boys’ competition. The Lady Bulldogs accumulated 150.5 points, while the Altus boys amassed 159. Ardmore’s boys and girls both finished in second place. The Tigers finished with 132 points, while the Lady Tigers were 6.5 points ahead of the Lady Demons with 112 team points.

“It’s probably one of the strongest competitions in the whole state,” Duncan boys’ head coach Steve Cordell said. “There’s a lot of tradition at this meet.”

For the Demons, Curtis Mulkey continued his strong performances in the throwing events. Mulkey notched a third-place finish in the discus with a launching of 140’4”. When the distances were compiled, he found himself in fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48’4.75”.

“We’re looking for him to do well at state,” Cordell said. “He looks better every week throwing. He’s a strong discus and shot putter.”

Medals were racked up for the Lady Demons in the throwing events, as well. Sarah Kaspereit and Morgan took turns winning first and third place, but each picked up valuable points for Duncan. Morgan won first place in the discus, throwing 114’9”, while Kaspereit launched her disc 105’8”. Role reversal happened in the shot put, as Kaspereit won with a throw of 34’4”, while Morgan picked up third as her ball landed at a distance of 32’11.75”.

The closest race of the day was in the 1600-meter run. Duncan long-distance runner Steven Lemons was in the thick of the competition, and held the lead for most of the race. Two lead changes late in the race and a neck-and-neck finish had Lemons finishing second just behind Vasquez of Altus. Lemons finished the race in a time of 4:40.20, while Vasquez finished in 4:39.92.

“He had a real good race today,” Cordell said. “He came on strong, but just didn’t have enough right there at the end. He won’t see that kid (Vasquez) again until state, but I think he can get him there.”

Lemons also picked up a silver medal with a 3200-meter run of 10:28.18. Teammate Dustin Mettler grabbed the bronze in the event, finishing in 11:05.95.

Duncan’s Caleb Shorter and Kyle Lee each cleared 5’10” in the high jump to finish tied for third place.

Ricky Malone came in fifth with a 9’6” pole vault.

Sophomore Madeline Murrell took home the silver medal in the 300 hurdles. Murrell finished the race in a time of 47.60, while also winning third place in the 100 hurdles. She finished the shorter race in a time of 15.40.

Two personal bests were accomplished in the 800 meter run for the Lady Demons. Molly O’Kelley accomplished her best time, along with winning third place with a time of 2:32.91 in the two-lap race. Haley Norton didn’t place in the event, but finished in 2:36, one second behind the sixth-place runner. The time was Norton’s best of the year.

Duncan’s Michelle Fuller won third place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:19.18. She finished the race 12 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher to take home the bronze medal. Fuller didn’t medal in the 3200, but earned team points along with Bridget Morris. Fuller finished in fourth place (14:31.41), while Morris was fifth (16:04.48).

Duncan sophomore DaVee Croy set a personal best, along with earning a silver medal in the long jump. Croy’s leap of 16’9” was the first time she jumped over 16’ at a track meet.

The high jump saw two Lady Demons tie for fifth place, earning points in the process. Rachel Wible and Tekeisha Lewis each had clearings of 4’8”, falling just short of the first-place jump of 5’.

Cori Branch and Kaylynn Malone of Duncan each eclipsed the 8-foot mark in the pole vault to finish in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Branch cleared 8’6”, while Malone landed on the mats after vaulting 8’.

The Lady Demon relay teams had finishes of third, fourth and sixth. The 800 relay was run in a time of 1:48.63 for third place, while the 3200 relay was completed in 11:27.54. Duncan finished sixth in the 1600 relay, finishing in 4:25.67.

“If we run like we have been lately, then I think we’ll have a lot of young ladies into the state meet,” Harris said.

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