With the sport of track and field growing in Stephens County, several state medalists led the individual awards for the All-Area Track & Field list with a few State Champions paving the way.
Duncan head coach Todd Ledford was named the Boys Coach of the Year as he had several top contenders included on the first team after they finished in the top 10 in their events.
A junior from Comanche took home the Runner of the Year award on the boys’ side as Logan Bain won one State title in the 110-meter hurdles and had another top 10 finish in the 300-meter hurdles race.
Bain was the only State Champion on the boys’ side. There was one runner-up on the boys’ side in Adlee Ellsworth, who finished in second for the pole vault event.
Ellsworth had a jump of 14-00.00 to take silver in the even. Ellsworth was named Field Athlete of the Year after he competed in his final meet as an Outlaws Track & Field athlete.
The first team for the boys saw several top 10 finishes. Kaceson Lolar hit some major milestones while Comanche’s Landon Ellis had several top 10 finishes to make it on the podium as well.
Four Duncan athletes were on the first team while Marlow and Comanche had two. Aiden Southerland from Velma-Alma was the other first team selection on the boys’ side.
Girls Track & Field had several dominant performances as Coach Jerry Loveall had his team finish second in a crowded 2A field.
Loveall was named Coach of the Year after five of his athletes were named to the First Team, including a state champion in Bella Driver, who won the 100-meter hurdles and placed in the top 10 for the 300-meter hurdles.
Jakobi Bartling, Rylee McLain, Mackayla Womack and Savanna Wainscott all joined Driver in the First Team list as they had top 10 finishes in their respective events.
Korie Kizarr was named the Runner of the Year from the Marlow Lady Outlaws after she won two State Championships in long range races.
The events Kizarr won included the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run. She placed third with the 4x800 relay team and took a fourth place finish in the 800-meter run.
While there were several field athletes who placed well to earn the Field Athlete of the Year, a senior from Marlow took the honor. Morgan Lucas won the honor for the girls’ side.
As a Regional Champion, Lucas finished her senior year with a sixth place finish in the discus throw to earn the honor and help Marlow to a fourth place finish as a team in Class 3A.
The All-Area team list was selected by State finishings in their respective classes and the choices were made by The Duncan Banner staff.