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Washington zips past Class 3A field with 110 points

John D. Montgomery
Posted 5/9/24

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Washington zips past Class 3A field with 110 points


Washington crowned one individual and two relay teams as State Champions at Catoosa last weekend and set seven new school records in the process of winning the girls’ team title for the first time since 1986.

Runner-up Idabel was a distant second with 64.50 team points.

Julie Hoehner won the shot put with a heave of 38’9” with runner-up Emjay Lucas right on her heels at 37’9.75”.

The other two champions came in relays of 800 and 3200 meters.

The 800 meter relay quartet of Lily Hegeman, Rielyn Scheffe, Olivia Palumbo and Ava Salcedo legged a time of 1:44.62, which was also a new school record.

The 10:02.30 turned in by the 3200 meter foursome of Kelby Beller, Aubrey Grimes, Shiloh Phelps and Scheffe was a new school record time.

Other school records that were shattered included the 400 meter relay of 49.52 by Ashlynn Odom, Lily Hegeman, Olivia Palumbo and Ava Salcedo, the 1600 meter relay comprised of Beller, Hegeman, Delia Snow and Scheffe in 4:06.80; the 300 hurdles by Scheffe in 46.52 (State Runner-up), Salcedo in the 200 meters and Baylor Haynes, for the boys, in the discus of 152’7”, which placed him fourth in the meet.

“I am proud of their selflessness,” head coach Kami Beller said. “They ran for each other this year and for a purpose.

“I thank the Lord for these girls everyday,” Beller continued. “The Lord has blessed us beyond all things. When I got into coaching, I did it for softball and basketball. I never thought I would coach track. The Lord had different plans and He knew I would love this sport.

“I can’t believe my first State Championship as a head coach would be track, and that it would be with my daughter Kelby,” the coach said.

Beller said the girls were pretty down last Wednesday after losing in the finals of the slow-pitch tournament.

She gave them Wednesday off and they went back to work Thursday in preparation for the trip to Catoosa.

“I told them if we do what I know we can do, we would have a chance to make history in our school and the state,” she confirmed.

And, they did.

“The tone was set with our 4x800 winning the state championship,” Beller said. “We knew having those 20 points would be a big advantage. Each girl kept chipping in with making finals in their events.”

The Warriors capped the first day with the 4x200 relay tacking on another 20 team points.

“These girls worked so hard this year in multiple sports and at the highest level,” the coach said. I couldn’t ask for a more special group. They came in early and worked in the mornings several times in the season, because they had softball in the afternoon.”



400m relay - Washington, third, 49.52* (Ashlynn Odom, Lily Hegeman, Olivia Palumbo and Ava Salcedo).

800m relay - Washington, State Champions,1:44.62* (Hegeman, Rielyn Scheffe, Palumbo and Salcedo).

1600m relay - Washington, second, 4:06.08* (Kelby Beller, Lily Hegeman, Delia Snow and Scheffe).

3200m relay - Washington, State Champions, 10:02.30* (Beller, Aubrey Grimes, Shiloh Phelps and Scheffe).

100m - Salcedo, fourth, 12.63.

200m - Salcedo, third, 25.74*, Hegeman, eighth, 1:05.21.

300h - Scheffe, second, 46.52*.

400m - Beller, 10th, 1:02.82, Snow, 14th, 1:05.21.

800m - Phelps, 13th, 2:34.14.

1600m - Grimes, 12th, 5:48.40; Phelps, 5:51.02.

Discus - Emjay Lucas, fifth, 109’1”.

Shot - Julie Hoehner, State Champion, 38’9”, second, Lucas, 37’9.75”.


800m - Cole Beard, 10th, 2:05.27.

Shot - Baylor Haynes, fourth, 48’2.25”, Kane Lampkin, 15th.

Discus - Haynes, fourth, 152’7”*.

*Indicates new school record.


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