Class 6A: Spurgeon credits coach for state record
BY GLENN HIBDON World Sports Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2006
6/07/08 at 12:35 AM
Owasso junior tosses the discus 158 feet, 8 inches.
Only a minute or two after the
Class 6A girls discus had been completed, Owasso junior Kylie Spurgeon began receiving inquiring cell
"I set a state record," Spurgeon
told the caller from Texas. "Thank
you for letting me borrow him."
The "him" in this case is Owasso
weights events coach Caleb Seal.
The caller was Seal's mother. The
occasion was Spurgeon's throw of
158 feet, 8 inches, highlighting the
first day of the Class 5A-6A state
track championships at the East Tulsa Sports Complex.
In team competition, Owasso's
boys won the 3,200-meter relay in 7
minutes, 54.33 seconds and lead in
points with 26 heading into Saturday's finals. The Mustang girls lead
with 28 points.
Spurgeon's discus toss was low
and flat and broke the overall state
record of 157-11 held by Marlow's
Bambi Carson. Spurgeon credited
Seal's tutoring for her improvement
of more than 30 feet from 2005.
"Coach Seal has made a lot of difference," said Spurgeon, who finished third last year and fifth as a
freshman. "He's helped my form and
helped me put more energy into it.
Now my goal is to throw 170 and go
to a Division-I school."
Spurgeon started her day by heaving 131-9 before Moore's Jadiah Riley pulled within an inch on her second throw. Spurgeon then clinched
the title by chunking 152-2 and
breaking the meet record of 143-4
set by Amanda Warehime of Bartlesville in 2001. Next came the overall
record toss before finishing heaves
of 147-11, 142-2 and 157-11.
"She does it with work and good
technique," said Seal, a thrower at
Sam Houston State who joined the
Owasso staff in March. "When we
started out March 6, I wanted her to
try and stay consistent and she kept
getting better and better and better.
The discus comes down to technique
and footwork and we're the only
ones who knew she could do what
she did today."
Seal said Spurgeon needs more
strength to improve while adding
reps. Her father, Chuck, a state
champion shot-putter at Hominy, has
helped with her progress, along with
Owasso head coach Steve Parker.
"We were hoping she would get
the meet record today and everything else is gravy," said Parker.
"She had thrown 152 coming in and
had broken her school record four
times this year. When she threw 152
at the John Jacobs meet at OU, at
that point we thought she had a
chance to be the all-time best."
A 4.0 honor student and an all-conference forward on the Rams' basketball team, Spurgeon finished sixth in
the shot put last year and is favored
to place in the top four on Saturday.
Parker said her secret is self-motiva
tion, and that was apparent Friday.
"I was just looking for a PR (peronsal record), but it was a nice day,
the wind was just right and I had
good footwork," said Spurgeon,
whose brother Trent is a 6-foot-7,
264-pound eighth-grader competing
in shot put and discus.
"I could feel it (her big throw was
a record) and I've been working on
quickening my feet and getting my
release just right. I could tell it was
a really good one. This (getting the
record) is what I've been working
for all year."
Jenks' Chase Beeler, headed to
Oklahoma on a football scholarship,
set a personal best by winning the
6A boys shot put in 58-9-1/2 while the
Trojan girls took the 3,200-meter relay in 9 minutes, 34.47 seconds.
Teams: Owasso 26, Edmond North 16, Midwest City 14, Yukon 12, Enid 12, Jenks 10, Lawton 10, Mustang 10, Edmond Santa Fe 9, Union 9, Norman 8, Edmond Memorial 8, B.T. Washington 4, Broken Arrow 3, Bartlesville 2, Moore 2.
Long jump: 1, David Dixon, Lawton, 23-0. 2, Oscar Emegao, Edmond Memorial, 22-10 3/4. 3, Breon Williams, Midwest City, 22-9 3/4. 4, Justin Fuselier, Washington, 22-5 1/4. 5, Alex Madkins, Midwest City, 22-4 1/2. 6, David Gordon, Broken Arrow, 22-1 1/2.
Shot put: 1, Chase Beeler, Jenks, 58-9 1/2. 2, Cameron Tabor, Norman, 56-7 1/2. 3, Bradley Dedeaux, Midwest City, 56-6 1/4. 4, Steven Simpson, Yukon, 52-4 1/4. 5, Mickey Dollens, Bartlesville, 51-10. 6, Zopon Williams, Edmond Santa Fe, 50-9 3/4.
3,200 relay: 1, Owasso 7:54.33. 2, Edmond North 8:00.47. 3, Enid 8:01.54. 4, Edmond Santa Fe 8:02.23. 5, Union 8:04.76. 6, Moore 8:08.98.
3,200: 1, Kevin Schwab, Mustang, 9:24.74. 2, Mitch Ownbey, Yukon, 9:29.37. 3, Kendall Robbins, Owasso, 9:48.54. 4, Alex Rowin, Union, 9:48.96. 5, Ryan Farrar, Broken Arrow, 9:49.53. 6, Taylor Monnahan, Union, 9:49.69.
Teams: Mustang 28, Edmond Santa Fe 26, Jenks 20, Tahlequah 15 1/2, Westmoore 14, Owasso 10, Norman 8, Broken Arrow 8, Norman North 7, Moore 6, Stillwater 6, Edmond Memorial 4, Lawton Eisenhower 1 1/2, Muskogee 1.
High jump: 1, Stephanie Stewart, Edmond Santa Fe, 5-6. 2, Steffan Marriott, Norman, 5-4. 3, Kali Edzards, Norman North, 5-2. 4, Kelsey Kruse, Stillwater, 5-0. 5, (tie) Victoria Wiggins, Lawton Eisehower, and Latasha Perry, Tahlequah, 5-0.
Discus: 1, Kylie Spurgeon, Owasso, 158-8 (Overall state record). 2, Laresa Miller, Mustang, 134-10. 3, Jadiah Riley, Moore, 131-8. 4, Monica Stalls, Tahlequah, 123-6. 5, Robin Ahrberg, Stillwater, 118-10. 6, Shanell Lyons, Muskogee, 118-6.
3,200 relay: 1, Jenks 9:34.47. 2, Edmond Santa Fe 9:37.56. 3, Mustang 9:44.55. 4, Broken Arrow 9:46.13. 5, Westmoore 9:47.67. 6, Edmond Memorial 9:56.23.
3,200: 1, Katelin Cherry, Westmoore, 11:36.26. 2, Katy Grant, Mustang, 11:54.22. 3, Sarah Hix, Tahlequah, 12:00.42. 4, Alex Lewis, Tahlequah, 12:05.31. 5, Jill Enge, Edmond Memorial, 12:18.00. 6, Sarah Fain, Norman North, 12:24.99.
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Memorial’s Jo-el Wilson led qualifying for the Class 6A boys 110-meter
hurdles in a time of 14.51 seconds during the state track championships
Friday at East Tulsa Sports Complex. Wilson qualified fourth in the 300 hurdles
in 39.16. He also ran a leg on the Chargers’ 1,600 relay team that qualified
fourth in 3:20.78.