It was another successful track season for the girls at Pansy Kidd Middle School this year. The eighth grade had their second undefeated season. They also teamed up with the freshman girls to snag the gold at Greenwood and Wilburton. The seventh grade took home three first-place plaques and a runner-up plaque, with their highest score being a whopping 246 points at its own meet.
Not only did the eighth grade have an undefeated season, the Lady Raiders were also unvanquished in the 3,200-meter relay, which was made up of Kayli Dryer, Kandace Standridge, Hailey Hall, Irisbeth Ocampo and Maci McMillin.
Standridge won second place in the 800-meter run at Wilburton’s freshmen meet with a time of 2:47. She was also placed in every relay because of her speed in both short- and long-distance events.
Marissa Smith is known for her success in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. She received one gold and three silvers in the 100 with her fastest time being 12.4 seconds.
Dryer competed in the 800-meter and 3,200-meter relays, and the 1600-meter run. She earned a first-place medal and a third-place medal in the mile with her fastest time being 6:33.
Jennifer Marvin received a bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles and a fourth place in the pole vault with mark of 6-0.
McMillin was also a great asset to the team because of her ability to run in all relays in order to score her team some major points.
In the field events, Jordan Lowrimore was tough to beat in the shot with a distance of 26-l1. She also received a couple of gold medals in the discus with a distance of 69-7.
Jordyn Gotes, Taylor Darneal and Hannah Miller also threw which added points to the overall team score.
Bailee Bates, Hannah Million, Dominique Webster, and Kimberly Ocampo all contributed to this successful season.
For the seventh graders, they were also undefeated in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 11:49. This team was made up of Michayla Hambrick, Emma Sandstoe, Bayli Sorriano, Maddison Williamson and Barbara Johnson.
Johnson moved to Poteau this year from Hodgen and was definitely welcomed on the oval pathway. She came away with first place in the mile run at all meets with a time of 6:33. She also picked up the technique needed to compete in the hurdles, which also landed her a first place with her fastest time being 13.3 seconds.
Williamson also ran the hurdles and received a couple of silvers, while also getting second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:10.
Kiarra Warren is like the “Marissa Smith” of seventh grade. She took home two golds in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.3 seconds.
Sandstoe captured three golds in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.6 seconds.
Brianna Battiest and Bayli Sorriano did not have time to run individual races because they were busy racking up points in the relays. There is so much to be said about girls that run only the relays. They are some of the most valuable athletes and should be recognized for their contribution.
This team also had the following sixth graders who stepped up and added strength and endurance: Faith Crabtree, Jody Stidham, Jada Price, Kylanna Hardaway, Salena Palma, Kyra Hornbuckle, Lily Shore, Kenzie Williamson and Brittany Zellinski.
Hardaway also had to run as an eighth-grader in the Heavener Invitational as part of the 1,600-meter relay which won first place.
Price finished up the season with first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.62 seconds and the long jump with a distance of 12-7.
Shore received a silver medal in the mile run (6:58) at the PKMS Invitational behind her own teammate, Johnson.
Palma had two first places in the 400-meter dash (1:08).
In the field events, Patty Carreno won two silver medals in the shot with a distance of 28-4 and also a third place in the discus (60-2).
Emily Harreld and Callie Nash were also a part of the shot and discus team. Others who contributed to this team were Darci Kuck, Maci Brannon and Rae Hendrix.
All in all, this season was an indication of the girls’ hard work and dedication. They were each willing to run in any event that was asked of them, which made it very easy to coach them to victory.