Owasso took time to reflect on its successful season in track and field recently at the team’s end-of-season banquet.
Senior Levi Gladd made it a three-peat in the girls’ MVP category. The Oklahoma signee’s final trip to the state meet resulted in a pair of state championships, in the 400 meter run (56.83 seconds) and as part of the 4x800 relay (9:28.30), a second place finish in the 4x200 (1:43.47) and a spot on the podium as part of the mile relay (4:00.19).
In Gladd’s four events, OHS had four new school records.
Distance and cross country coach Blake Collins said Gladd’s success in a variety of events are a result of her dedication and unselfish demeanor.
“She’s a 200-400 (meter) girl,” Collins said. “But she buys into the fact that, if I (compete in middle distance events), go work all summer and do cross country, it’s going to make me a better 400 runner in the spring. It’s helped us be successful all year.”
Nick Fisher took home MVP honors for the boys’ squad. The senior finished his Ram career as a two-time state placer. Fisher took fourth in the 300 hurdles (39.76) and part of the sixth-place 4x200 relay (1:30.15).
Ram Pride Award winners were Maya Boschee and Mason Rasusen.
Best Performance of the Year was shared by Sierra Williams and Kennedy Smith for the girls.
Each has their names etched into history as part of school record performances in the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x100 relays. At the state meet, Williams also had a third-place finish in the 800 (2:16.16) while Smith took fourth in the 300 hurdles (46.02).
On the boys’ side, Omarr Barker’s run in the 4x200 relay at state highlighted his team’s sixth place finish and gave the junior the nod for top performance of 2019.
Ty Rumley was tabbed as the Newcomer of the Year for the boys. Rumley set a freshman record in the pole vault and finished seventh at state in the event as he cleared 12 feet, 6 inches.
For the girls, Karson Zumwalt claimed top newcomer status. Zumwalt was a state medalist on the 4x400 relay.
Libby Booth, who ran a leg on the two-mile relay, came away with Freshman of the Year honors. Ian Condor was bestowed with the same honor for the boys’ team after setting the freshman record in the 800 with a time of 2:04.