Tyler Jackson did it again.
Jackson, Claremore’s phenon sprinter, blew past the competition Friday afternoon at the Booker T. Washington Relays in Tulsa and helped lead the Zebras to a second-place overall finish.
Claremore’s Jackson brought home three first-place finishes in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes to continue his pace toward a Class 5A state championship in all three events.
Jackson’s teammate Anthony Wolfe also picked up a pair of first-place finishes in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles to solidfy Claremore’s dominating performance.
Claremore tallied 139 total points to place second behind overall winner Booker T. Washington, who had 161 points. Bartlesville was third with 98.50 points.
Early in the meet, Jackson showcased his blazing speed in the 100-meter dash, beating Booker T. Washington’s Arlando Johnson by five-tenths of a second with a time of 11.07 seconds. Johnson came in second place with an 11.12.
Bartlesville’s Slade Nordic placed third with a time of 11.26 seconds.
In the 200-meter dash, Jackson galloped to a first-place finish with a time of 22.71 seconds. He beat Booker T. Washington’s Kaleb Gibbs, who was second with a 23.71.
Shawnee’s Shadrach Smith was third in the 200 with a 23.75.
Jackson’s best event — the 400-meter dash — proved to be a ‘walk-in-the-park’ as he coasted to first place with a time of 50.51 seconds.
Jackson out-distanced Booker T. Washington’s Colin Caesar, who was second with a 52.51.
Tulsa Hale’s Martin Walton placed third with a 54.95.
In the 1,600-meter run, the Zebras picked up fourth-place honors as Ryan Alexander finished with a time of 4:55.06.
In the 3,200-meter run, Claremore’s Matthew Zickefoose placed fourth with a time of 11:16.83 and Anthony Glenn was sixth with an 11:30.23.
Wolfe’s stunning performance in the 110-meter hurdles helped Claremore garner top honors in the event.
Wolfe recorded a time of 15.77 seconds to beat second-place Decarius Clark, of Wagoner, who finished with a time of 16.36 seconds.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Wolfe placed first with a time of 41.19 seconds, beating Booker T. Washington’s Ryan Robinson, who finished with a time of 42.00 seconds.
Claremore sophomore Nathan Hammack also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.72 seconds and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.66 seconds.
Claremore’s 400-meter relay team of Dustin Wolski, Hammack, Hunter Garroutte and Derrick Reliford placed fifth with a time of 45.87 seconds.
In the 800-meter relay, Claremore’s team of Wolski, Garroutte, Clayton Rackley and Nathan Lollis placed fifth with a time of 1:36.53.
Claremore won the 1,600-meter relay as Wolfe, Randy Williams, Lollis and Jackson beat Booker T. Washington with a time of 3:27.41.
In the 3,200-meter relay, Claremore’s team of Alexander, Trevor Magness, Lollis and Williams placed fourth with a time of 8:57.44.
Coming out in the field events, Claremore picked up valuable points in the high jump with Reid Joyner placing first at 6-0, and Garroutte taking second alongside Bartlesville’s Jacob Hartsock at 6-0.
In the pole vault, Claremore’s Matt Outlaw tied for second with a leap of 11 feet.
Shawnee’s Javon York won the event with a jump of 13 feet, 7 inches.
Garroutte took fourth place in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5 inches.
Claremore senior Grady Caton followed in the discus with a third-place finish on a throw of 126 feet. Connor Lynch also placed fourth with a throw of 124 feet, 7 inches.
Tyler Jackson did it again.
'Twice as Nice'
When it comes to the 3A State Tournament and Oklahoma City, the Verdigris High School basketball teams are a household name.
Head coaches Randy Upshaw and Mike Buntin lead their programs back to the 'Capitol City' this week for a chance to hoist the coveted 3A state championship on Saturday night at the Big House.
Cards fly into 3A State Tournament
Verdigris junior guard Cade Upshaw lives for March Madness.
The 5-foot-10 sharp-shooter overcame a sluggish performance in a loss to Tahlequah Sequoyah to bounce back for a 20-point outing in the Cardinals’ 72-42 win over Antlers Saturday evening in the Class 3A Area Tournament at Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Vinita eliminates Inola
Vinita used an 18-point third quarter — highlighted by the sophomore leadership of Carsyn Spurgeon — and converted 21-of-34 free throws to notch a 61-55 win over the Inola Lady Longhorns Saturday night in the Class 4A Area Tournament.
‘Soaring to State’
In the hometown of Carrie Underwood, Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell proved to be Oklahoma’s ‘Basketball Idol’ in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
The 5-foot-8 floor general put the No. 4-ranked Lady Cardinals on her shoulders and carried Verdigris back to the the state tournament with the 53-40 win over No. 5 Tahlequah Sequoyah Friday night in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Stilwell advances to State
A jam-packed, vocal crowd — aided by the control of several Claremore Police officers — witnessed Stilwell’s come-from-behind 57-51 win over Harrah Saturday night in the must-win game of the Class 4A Area Tournament at the Claremore High School Gymnasium.
MLB: Furcal mounting comeback with Miami Marlins
Coming off surgery to his throwing elbow, Rafael Furcal showed the Miami Marlins he can still deliver a sales pitch.
After sitting out the 2013 season, the 36-year-old infielder met last fall with Marlins executives Mike Hill and Dan Jennings and convinced them he could be their second baseman this year.
NFL: Redskins, Cowboys released from salary cap jail
When the Washington Redskins were placed in salary cap jail by the NFL, Kedric Golston had to say goodbye to his best friend on the team.
For the past two years, the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys - otherwise rivals to the bitter end in the NFC East - have been constrained by a much-disputed ruling limiting how much money they could spend on players.
NFL: Jets release WR Santonio Holmes after 4 seasons
Tone Time is over for the New York Jets.
The Jets parted ways with wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, cutting the talented but injury-plagued playmaker after four seasons.
The move, which had been expected, saves the Jets $8.25 million, which Holmes was due to make as his base salary this season. He was also scheduled to have a $10.75 million cap number, a lofty total for a one-time Super Bowl MVP who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency the last two seasons.
NFL: Seattle re-signs DE Michael Bennett
Free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is returning to Seattle after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
Terms of the contract were not immediately available on Monday. Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle.
High School Basketball State Tournament Brackets
The Oklahoma High School Basketball State Tournaments will get under way this week in Oklahoma City and the Tulsa-Metro Area.
Below is a listing of the Class 3A-6A State Tournament Pairings.
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