Duffy enters the scene in 4 events


Owen Duffy is a regional champion and will have a chance to add to his stellar playoffs in four different state events.

Duffy won the 200 meters Saturday at the regional Class A track meet at Cherokee High School.

That made him an automatic qualifier for this week’s state meet at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City.

The Lomega senior was also an automatic qualifier in the 100 meters as well as the 1,600 meters relay.

He took third place in the 100m and was joined by Jesse-James Johnston, Brooks Uhlenhake and Blake Snowden to take second place in the mile relay.

The top three placers in each event automatically qualify for status.

The next four best performances from all regionals are part of the national field as additional qualifiers.

This was the case for Duffy in the long jump, where he placed fourth. His jump of 19 feet and 10 inches qualified him for the state.

He helped Lomega to 44 team points, which tied the Raiders for sixth with Tipton.

Timberlake won the tag team title with 142 points. Pond Creek-Hunter was the regional runner-up with 64.

The Raiders’ 3,200-meter relay team of Uhlenhake, Johnston, Logan Zielinksi and Austin Chestnut also took fourth place, but were able to reach state as an additional qualifier.

Lomega’s women’s team scored 35 points to place eighth.

The Lady Raiders had a pair of regional finalists.

Hallie Barton took second place in the 100 meters. Aubree Geisler did the same in the two-mile race.

Both have made their way into other events.

Barton finished sixth in the 200m, but her time put her in the state tournament field.

She was also part of the 800 relay team with Abby Swart, Darcy Roberts and Allie Roberts who placed fifth, but were added as qualifiers.

The two-mile relay team of Monse Rivera, Kate Myers, Madi Myers and Geisler was further qualifying after taking fifth place.

Rivera, Kate Myers, Madi Myers and Darcy Roberts finished fourth in the mile relay and secured a state spot with their times.

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