Yukon track: Turner 3-peats, Waibel sets school record at state track meet

Yukon track closed out the 2017 spring season with the 6A state track meet on their home track at Miller Stadium this past Friday and Saturday.

YHS senior Vernon Turner claimed his third-consecutive state championship in the high-jump competition with a jump of 7-feet and 4-inches on Saturday. Turner went straight from the 7-feet 4-inch bar to the 7-feet and 7.25-inch height to try and claim the national record.

Turner came up just short of the national mark but leaves Yukon High School as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. He will now shift his talents to the college ranks, as he is signed to do the high-jump at the University of Oklahoma.

Fellow Yukon senior Mariah Waibel went out with a bang in her final meet as a part of Yukon High School. Waibel set a school-record in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles race with a time of 46.01 seconds. She finished in fourth-place overall in the event.

Waibel will also compete at the collegiate level at Southwestern Oklahoma State University to run the hurdles for the SWOSU women’s track team.

The Miller boys 4×100-meter track team took sixth-place overall in the finals’ on Saturday after taking eighth-place in the preliminaries on Friday. It was Tyrese Antwine, Carvell Mckinley, Parker Kenley and Vernon Turner on the team on Friday but on Saturday, Ethan Scott ran the anchor leg for Yukon because Turner was doing the high-jump competition at the same time.

Following Turner in the high-jump competition was Cole Bailey, who took fifth-place with a jump of 6-feet and 4-inches and Tallyn Brazell, who took sixth-place with a jump of 6-feet and 4-inches.

In the boys’ 110-meter hurdles, Kole Frederick took 10th place with a time of 15.55 seconds. Frederick also competed in the 300-meter hurdles for Yukon and he took 11th place in that race with a time of 40.80 seconds.

In the boys’ long-jump competition, Turner also finished high for the Millers. He took second-place with a jump of 23-feet and 7.25-inches. Jordan Williams finished in fourth-place with a jump of 22-feet and 2.5-inches.

In the girls’ pole vault competition, Kenadi Hamilton took seventh-place with a vault of 9-feet and 6-inches and Maycie Reed finished in 11th place with a vault of 9-feet.


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