Two members of the Charles Page High School Track and Field team were invited to the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association (OTCA) Meet of Champions in Moore. Oklahoma State University-signed senior Cheyenne Walden and sophomore Aden Baughman both won 6A State Championship gold last week in Yukon and repeated their victories Tuesday against competitors from all classes.
Walden, a nine-time State Champion, holds one Meet of Champions medal in Cross Country, but has never competed in Track before.
Walden finished the 1600 meter run in 5:02.58, the third-best time of her career, with a 13.66 second margin of victory over the runner-up. She defeated 3A State Champion Mandy Sykora (5:16.79), Class A State Champion Harlie Schmeling (5:20.9), and 3A Runner-Up Aubrey Schmidt (5:25.40). She finished the 3200 meter run in 10:57.45, 54.73 seconds ahead of the runner-up, 3A State Champ Sykora (11:52.18).
Baughman made his first trip to the Meet of Champs after winning his first State Title last weekend in the 800 meter run, running the fastest time of any Oklahoma High School student this season at 1:53.16. His Meet of Champs time wasn't far behind his State time at 1:53.54. He defeated 4A State Champion Dillon Phillips (1:54.26), 4A Runner-Up Tanner Blackmore (1:59.63), and Class A Runner-Up Andres Slaughter (2:05.93).
Walden is one of three members of the Class of 2017 who will continue her athletic career at OSU, while Baughman will have two more years with the Sandites.