Altus will be track hot spot for two weeks

Brad Gilbert -

Altus will be the place to be if you are a fan of track and field over the next two weeks.

Altus will be hosting three track meets.

The action will kick off next Tuesday, April 12 with the Altus Junior High Invitational Meet.

Teams from Lawton Ike, Altus, Cache, Elk City, Hobart and Mangum will be on hand to name a few.

Saturday, April 16 will see the annual Altus High School Invitational Meet.

This meet is loaded with some of the best teams on this side of the state state.

Norman North, Lawton Ike, Lawton High, Lawton Mac, Elgin, Marlow and Altus will highlight a very deep and talented field in all the events.

“We are still getting calls from the Oklahoma City area from teams wanting to come down for the meet,” said Coach Robert Garrison. “This is turning out to be a really tough, competitive meet.”

Of course, I encourage you to support all of the local athletes anytime you can. Sometimes I emphasize certain opportunities to take a look at some athletes that are competing at very high levels. Athletes that I feel are right on the verge of getting to those high level performances get mentioned as well.

Therefore, these three meets are great opportunities for Bulldog fans to see whose coming up from the younger bunch. You need to see Kiandra Knight sprint. Make sure you are on hand to see Jimmie Dollins hurdle her way down the track. I’m telling you now Dollins is reserving a podium position at the 5A state meet at the end of this season. This girl is at the front of the line in the 100 hurdles.

You may recall from the Fall cross-country season, that the Altus Junior High girls usually ran in a pack and sometimes finished in the first five positions in the long distance events. If so, the names on junior high mid-distance list may look familiar. You need to see these girls compete. These girls have a great chance for multiple state championships both sports going forward.

For me, the highlight for Bulldog fans may just be the junior high meet on Tuesday. It’s hard for me not to relate the track stars with football. I respect the sport of track and I appreciate that it is a monster of a sport globally. However, when I watch Laethon Patterson run down the track, it is near impossible for me not to imagine him carrying a football and headed to the end zone. Mysean Wells and Moses McCaskill can fly. Add in “Huge” Hunter Webb on the relay team and after you watch these kids compete, I figure season ticket sales for future games at The Rock will soar.

This Altus Junior High is loaded with next level athletes.

On Tuesday, April 19, Altus will host the Western Conference Track and Field Meet.

This meet will pit junior high and high school teams against each other.

Conference team members are: Altus, Anadarko, Cache, Elgin, Elk City, Clinton, Weatherford and Woodward.

“The junior high girls division will be loaded with talent,” said Garrison. “Cache, Elgin, Weatherford and Altus have some of the best teams around here.”

There has been a lot of talk about the showdown between the Weatherford, Cache and Altus girls mid-distance teams.

“People should go pay the money just to watch the junior high girls in the 3200 Relay, 800 Run and 1600 run,” added Garrison. “Those races will be exciting.”

The high school division will pit the Altus men against Weatherford in what will surely be a tight contest. In the women’s division, Altus, Elgin and Weatherford will continue a season long fight against each other.

“This is a great time to be a fan of track,” said Garrison. “You won’t leave disappointed from any of these three meets.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer to work the meets can contact Coach Garrison.

Brad Gilbert

Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076


Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076


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