Seven members of Durant’s track and field team will compete this Friday and Saturday for the state championship in their respective events.
The competition begins Friday morning at Yukon High School and will continue into Saturday. Durant Track & Field Coach Wes Schreier likes the Lions’ chances of bringing home some individual state titles.
“This is the largest number of qualifiers we have had in a couple of years,” Schreier said at discus practice Tuesday at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex. “It’s hard to get to state. For every event, there are only 16 who get there.”
The following student athletes will represent Durant this weekend:
· Colby Holder, junior, shot put and discus. This is her first trip to the state finals, earned by virtue of throwing her personal best in both events at the regional finals last week .
· Morgan Steve, junior, discus. She also posted a personal best at regionals.
· Marcus Johnson, senior, shot put. He is overcoming a shoulder injury from football season which has flared up in recent weeks. Still, Schreier says Johnson is “capable of throwing 50” and says he has a good shot at the medal stand.
· Cordell Zalenski, senior, discus. This will be his third trip to the state track meet after posting a 166 at the Marietta meet and 159.9 at the regional qualifier. Zalenski is a defensive end during football season and will play for Harding (Ark.) University in the Great American Conference this fall.
· Matthew Shirey, senior, discus and shot put. He is also making his third trip to state. “He threw his personal best in shot put (at regionals),” said Schreier. “He’s got a good chance of being on the podium in both.” Shirey will be on scholarship for track and football at Oklahoma Baptist University during their first year as a football program this fall.
· Shaina Crites, senior, will compete in the high jump, 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles. She has been to the state championship all four years, and won the regional crown for high jump at Mustang last Saturday. After graduation, Crites is bound for Murray State University to play softball.
· Kinsley Schiebe, junior, high jump. She will be making her third appearance at the state track finals. “It’s been a good run with these girls,” said high jump coach Jesse Bateman. “They work hard and they’re real talented. At regionals, both girls jumped with confidence, and that’s what it’s all about.”