A year after finishing ninth at the Class 6A state tournament, Hales turned in one dominant performance after another throughout his senior season in 2019. While leading the Bruins in every meet this year, Hales racked up five individual first-place finishes at the Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Holland Hall, Claremore and Frontier Valley Conference meets.
In Joplin, Missouri, Hales finished ninth -- and as the top Oklahoma runner -- in the high school boys green division, which featured 380 runners from surrounding states, including Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. In postseason races, Hales posted second-place showings at both the Class 6A regional race and the state meet in Edmond.
“We continues to push himself in practice, races and meets,” Bartlesville coach David Ayres said. “He has been a great part of the team the last four years with two state rings. Spencer has the best kick that I’ve ever seen in my 14 years of coaching. He gets this crazy look in his eyes, starts moving his head and puts it into a different gear. It’s fun to watch him run and compete.”