The season has been a quick one with five cancellations and making up meets at different locations, but the boys team continues to improve at each meet. They are headed into the OK Bronze Conference meet this Thursday and Friday at Red Hawk Stadium seeded second, after the dual portion of the schedule finished last week, with a victory over Forest Hills Northern. The Hawks are 4-1 for the season and have placed second at the Warrior Invitational at Chippewa Hills (under snowy conditions) and fourth this past weekend when they hosted the Red Hawk Invitational.
Winning events for the Hawks Saturday were Brandon Sipka in the 400m dash; the 3200m relay team of Alex Sias, Alex Bray, Justin Jones and Austin Sargent. Connor Mora won the 1600m and 3200m runs.
Leading the way for the Red Hawks this season has been the pole-vaulting crew of Tyler Hindenach (12’), Dalton VanEss (11’) and Blake Willett (11’). In the long jump, sophomores MavRick Cotton (20’ 2”) and Brandon Sipka (18’ 11”) have led the charge. In the discus, Jordan Johnson leads the conference with a 138’ throw. Shot put is led by junior Connor Ackerman (42’ plus). In the sprints, Sipka has been improving his times and winning many races in the 100m, 200m, and 400m dashes. The distance crew is led by All-State and All-American senior Connor Mora. Connor has posted the fastest time in the state in the 1600m run (4:12.61), the third fastest 800m (1:56) time in the state and ranks in the top three in the 3200m run (9:23). Along with Mora, sophomore Austin Sargent is second in the region in the 1600m run (4:28) and ranks in the top five in the 800m run (2:02). The 3200m relay team of Bray, Sias, Jones and Sargent lead the region (8:15.80). Finally, MavRick Cotton leads the team in the 110m (15.83) and 300m hurdles (44.1).
After this week’s conference meet, the boys prepare for the regional meet at Houseman Field on May 17.