Meet of Champions notebook: Larrison breaks meet records in shot and discus
MOORE — Competing in his future college duds, Moore thrower Patrick Larrison found the same results.
The senior came to the annual Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Meet of Champions with a Kansas University hat on his head and Jayhawk socks on his feet.
“As soon as I knew which college I was going to I wanted to show everyone,” Larrison said. “I'm proud of it. I'm ready to go. “
Larrison, a three-time state champion in the discus and shot put, came to show his stuff on his home turf on Tuesday night. Larrison won the discus with a throw of 210-feet and 2 inches and he won the shot put with a throw of 67-feet and 7 inches, breaking the meet record in both events.
“The culture of this meet is so cool,” Larrison said. “It's really everyone coming out and trying new things and trying to one up each other.”
Larrison said he credits a lot of his success to the Meet of Champions, and the opportunity it provides for athletes to compete against other state champs from each class.
“It's just such a unique event,” Larrison said. “You always want to bring your best to it.”
Flanagan hopes for another meet boost
Mattie Flanagan took on the nearly three-hour drive from Ketchum to Moore on Tuesday for one reason.
It's the best way to set the tone heading into next year.
Flanagan, a sophomore from Ketchum High School, took first place in the long jump at the Meet of Champions when she flew 17-feet and 11 inches.
“I love being here,” Flanagan said. “You really get to compete with the best in the state.”
Flanagan said it also gives her a chance to get next season off to a good start.
“This really sets the tone for next year for me,” Flanagan said. “I came to the Meet of Champions last year and really got me on the right path for summer track, which helped going into this season.”
Barnett excited for future at Texas Tech
Mount St. Mary long distance runner Bennett Barnett is excited for his next step.
The senior just recently accepted a walk-on offer from Texas Tech to be apart of both its track and cross country teams.
“It's super cool,” Barnett said. “They had me down for an official visit, and they have super awesome facilities and I felt like that was the place I needed to be.”
Barnett qualified for the Meet of Champions after an outstanding senior season for the Rockets, winning a cross country championship while also taking first overall in Class 3A.
At the state meet in track, Barnett won in both the 3,200- and 1,600-meter races.
“I wasn't having the greatest track season for the first several races,” Barnett said. “But I found my mojo about midway through the year and really learned a lot in the process.”