TAHLEQUAH – Carrington Buoy’s finish in the 800-meter run Friday was the fastest she has posted this season by seven seconds.
That usually feels pretty good.
“It was a seven-second PR for this year and I led from beginning to end,” Buoy said.
First place feels pretty good, too.
Her time of 2 minutes and 29.88 seconds was the fastest on the track, and it was one of three first-place finishes for Collinsville in Tahlequah’s Reasor’s Classic.
“We had really hard practices this week but went out and competed,” Buoy said.
Buoy placed third in the 1,600-meter run, improving her time there by nine seconds. She used a faster group of runners to pace her in the final few meters, pass them, and finish in 5:43.33.
Coach Sean Tesar said Buoy has set a good example for how to prepare for success.
“I think her focus, and where her head is on race days and in practice this season has been the biggest key to her success,” Tesar said. “She’s in a good place mentally when we condition and she’s extremely motivated. I think it shows.”
Other wins came from Annie Haught (pole vault, 5 feet, 2 inches) and Matthew Budnik (two-mile run, 10:31.45). Budnik also placed second in the 1,600-meter run.
Tesar called Budnik’s two-mile effort phenomenal and complemented the young runner for giving top effort in freshman divisions and varsity meets alike.
Collinsville’s girls finished fifth out of nine teams, which included Class 6A’s Union, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa and Muskogee. The boys were seventh overall.
This particular group of Cardinals is going to be tough to beat in the hurdle events. Returning state qualifiers have been good as the season continues.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Chandler Cole finished second in 15.34 seconds, followed by Seth Boomer (16.19) and Malcolm Tillman (16.23).
Cole also narrowly missed a victory in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing second with a 41.26, just 16/100 of a second behind Union linebacker Patrick Fields.
Buoy was asked if she wanted to brag on any of her teammates after the meet. Those three amigos were mentioned.
“Seth Boomer, Chandler Cole and Malcolm Tillman are quite the trio in the 300 and 110 hurdles, all placing very high at every meet.”
Tesar added, “I’m really pleased with their progress right now and how, week by week, they continue to get better at technique.”
Buo also mentioned teammate Summer Taylor, who is among the fastest 5A runners in Oklahoma when it comes to the two-mile run. Her 12:54.01 in the 3200 was good for fourth in a highly talented 6A field.
In the girls pole vault, Collinsville’s Ramsey Keim cleared nine feet and placed second, beating competitors from Union and Broken Arrow.
1. Union 159.5
2. Broken Arrow 133
3. Tahlequah 96.5
4. Carl Junction 70
5. Collinsville 59
6. Bishop Kelley 35
T6. Sapulpa 35
T6. Ft. Gibson 35
9. Muskogee 28
800m relay: Collinsville (A) 10:34.22. 3200m run: 4. Summer Taylor 12:54.01. 800m run: 1. Carrington Buoy 2:29.88. 1600m run: 3. Carrington Buoy 5:43.33. High jump: 1. Annie Haught 5-02. Pole vault: 2. Ramsey Keim 9.
1. Union 205.5
2. Muskogee 79
T3. Carl Junction 73
T3. Tahlequah 73
5. Sapulpa 64
6. Broken Arrow 57
7. Collinsville 56
8. Bishop Kelley 35.5
9. Ft. Gibson 8
800m relay: 5. Collinsville (A) 8:47.22. 110m hurdles: 2. Chandler Cole, 15.34; 3. Seth Boomer 16.19; 4. Malcolm Tillman 16.23. 3200m run: 1. Matthew Budnik 10:31.45. 300m hurdles: 2. Chandler Cole, 41.26; 4. Malcolm Tillman 41.78; 5. Seth Boomer 42.08. 1600m run: 5. Matthew Budnik 4:52.75. 400m relay: 4. Collinsville (A) 3:20.23.
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