In only their second outing of the outdoor track season, the Ryan Cowgirls’ 3,200-meter relay team turned in a record-breaking performance at the Cache Invitational last Thursday at Cache High School.
The relay team of Lilybet Harmon, Lily York, Holland Carter and Juliet Spangler smashed the school record with a time of 11:56.76 – besting the old mark by nearly 11 seconds that was set in the 1990 Southern Eight Conference track meet.
The Cowgirls, however, could manage only a fourth place finish in the 3,200-meter relay in a tough meet that featured a large and small school division.
The small school division was comprised of schools from Class 4A down to Class A. Marlow claimed the team title with 137 points – well ahead of runner up Rush Springs that finished with 96 points.
Ryan tied Hobart for ninth place in the small school division with both teams earning 20 points in the meet.
Spangler was the only Cowgirl competitor to score in any other events in the meet.
The Cowgirl sophomore was third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:24.33. That time is the third best in school history with Spangler owning the two fastest times in the event.
Spangler also claimed a bronze medal in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 13:45.36.
That time is the second best mark in the event in school history and Spangler owns the school record at 13:38.16.
The Cowgirls’ 1,600-meter relay team of Harmon, York, Carter and Spangler did not score in the meet finishing in seventh place, however, their recorded time of 5:21.37 is thought to be the second best time in school history and just six seconds off the school record of 5:15.0 set in the 1990 Southern Eight Conference meet.
Other competitors included Carter in the 800 meters who also finished one spot out of earniing points, while Harmon finished 11th in the event.
York was eighth in the 3,200 meters.
Sadie Guzman and Justyce Keith also competed for the Cowgirls in the sprint events.
The Cowgirls will be in action again tomorrow at the Stratford Invitational and will compete on April 13 at the Southern Oklahoma 8-Man Invitational hosted by Waurika.