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April 14, 2013

North’s Woodard a legit threat to win state 400 title

NORMAN — As the track season progresses, it’s become clear that both Norman High and Norman North have a number of athletes capable of competing for state titles.

At the top of that list is North’s Haley Woodard. The sophomore recorded the state’s best time this year in the 400 on Friday, running a 56.31 to best the previous time by almost a full second.

“She also ran the relays for us and we got points in both of those,” coach Mike Ramsey said. “It was her third meet of the year, and she’s just getting better and better. There’s nothing more to say about her than has already been said. She’s fabulous.”

But Woodard isn’t the only one who will threaten for a state title. Norman High’s Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris and North’s Ben Barrett are at the top of the list in the 1600- and 3200-meter races, and NHS’ Colin Pasque is the favorite to win the pole vault.

In addition, the Tigers also have a number of throwers who expect to be in the mix come the state tournament, and they took a step toward that goal in an impressive performance at the Yukon meet on Friday.

“We had a couple of kids throw 50 feet, which is a milestone we try to achieve,” coach Sonny Feexico said. “We still have a lot of young kids improving and that’s what we want. We’re excited about that heading into regionals in a couple of weeks and state after that.”

Tennis Tigers improving: The Norman High boys took second at the Mid-State conference tennis tournament on Saturday in an event that was originally scheduled for two weeks ago.

The Tigers took second overall with 25 points, finishing behind Edmond Memorial, which took first with 34. NHS’ Jeff McKnight took second in 2 singles, while the 2 doubles team also finished second. North finished sixth at the event with the one doubles team advancing to the finals.

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