YUKON — Track season sure was a whole lot more fun for Ben Barrett this season than last.
The Norman North junior capped off a double gold medal weekend by winning the 1600-meter run at Saturday’s Class 6A state meet, adding to the victory he had the day before in the 3200 meters.
This comes after a season that was hampered by an appendectomy at midseason from which he never got back to full speed.
“The doctor told me I wouldn’t hurt it any worse to run but that I shouldn’t run for two weeks, because I wouldn’t want to,” Barrett said. “Of course, I was running again after three days.”
Despite his effort to get back quickly, Barrett never got his conditioning recovered all the way. He still placed in both these events last year — 5th in the 3200 and 4th in the mile.
But in top form he was unbeatable this weekend. After nearly an eight-second triumph in the 3200 Friday, Barrett pulled away in the final lap of the mile, easily outdistancing the field by more than four seconds in a time of 4:16.83.
“I’m feeling great, my goal was to try to come in here and win both of these,” said Barrett, who also was the Class 6A cross country champion in the fall.
Edmond Memorial’s dominance in the relays proved to be too much for all comers in the end, as the Lady Bulldogs rolled to the 6A team title on the girls side. The NHS girls finished third and the North girls came home fifth.
On the boys side, Jenks slipped past Edmond Memorial in the final relay race of the day to claim the team title. Westmoore was 5th, North 8th, Moore 9th and Norman High 13th.
While team championships proved elusive on the track Saturday, there still were many highlights to be found for Norman’s squads.