Clint Sumner ran track for his first three years of high school and was looking forward to his senior year. As a freshman, he ran the sprints, and as a sophomore began to focus on the 400 meters, with an occasional attempt at the high jump. His junior year, he continued to improve at the 400 meters, posting a personal best of 56.96, and also spent time in the 800 meters and throwing the discus. Clint contributed to both the 4x200m and 4x400m relay squads. Clint also ran one season of cross-country during his senior year.
Luke Messing was looking forward this spring to his third year on the track team. His main event was the 800 meters, with a personal best of 2:12.93 set during his junior year. Along with Tim Dupree and 2019 graduates Noah Camaj and Lucas Brattinga, Luke was a member of the school record-setting 4×800 relay with a best time of 8:36.90. He also occasionally ran the 400 meters and the 4x400m relay, and spent two years on the OCS cross-country team.
Preston McFarland has been on the OCS track team since his sophomore year. In 10th grade, he ran in the sprints and in the 1600 m and as a junior, was able to break his goal of 6:30 for the 1600 meters, finishing the year with his best time of 6:10.3. This year, he looked for continued improvement in the mile as well as contributing to the 4×800 relay and the long jump. He was a 4-year cross-country runner at OCS, earning 2 varsity letters. Preston plans to attend OCC for a semester and is then considering Cornerstone University or Michigan State.
Mackenzie Wander had planned to compete on the track team this season for the first time. She had successfully completed one season of cross-country this past fall, with a 5k best time of 23:47. In prior years, Mackenzie’s schedule had been busy with competitive gymnastics. She will attend High Point University this fall.
Tim Dupree has run track at OCS since his sophomore year and has also been involved in three seasons of indoor track with club teams. His primary distance is the 800 meters, while also contributing in the 4×400 and 4×800 meter relays, and at the 400 m and 1600 meter distances. With a personal best of 2:05:12 in the 800, which qualified him for the state finals, he had his eyes set on breaking the school record of 2:01 (set in 1982) and even getting under the 2:00 mark. Tim was part of the school record-breaking 4×800 relay team in his junior year, when their 8:36.90 also qualified for the state finals. He plans to attend High Point University this fall. Tim was also a four-year varsity cross-country runner, earning two regional medals.