MOORE — Haley Mouser reaffirmed her status as one of the state’s best high jumpers last week with a third-place finish at the Meet of Champions, an all-star competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association.
It marked the second straight year that the Pawhuska High School junior-to-be has taken third in the prestigious prep meet. Mouser’s jump of 5 feet, 4 inches, defeated nine of the event’s 12 entries, which was open to the top finishers from each of the state classifications.
Finishing ahead of Mouser were 2014 winner Elizabeth Adelson of Tulsa and the defending champion from last year’s MOC event, senior Emilee Iverson of Grove. Adelson, a Holland Hall sophomore who was the runner-up in 2013, cleared 5 feet, 8 inches. Iverson went out at 5-6.
More than 300 prep athletes from around the state participated in the fifth-annual competition, which was held May 20 at the Moore High School stadium. The Tuesday evening event fell on the one-year anniversary of a deadly tornado that leveled most of the city.
This year’s field of high jumpers featured seven sophomores, a junior and four seniors. One of the seniors, Makayla Stephens of Atoka, had won the high jump competition at the recent Class 3A state championships, which also were held at Moore. Stephens, however, finished seventh in the MOC event.
As a freshman, Mouser tied for fourth in last year’s 3A state high jump finals. She also tied for third at the 2013 Meet of Champions. The success continued in 2014 for Mouser, who high jumped to victory in six of the Lady Huskies’ eight regular-season meets. She cleared a personal-best 5 feet, 6 inches, en route to her second straight regional title in the event.
The versatile sophomore also earned a fifth-place state medal as a member of the PHS 4x400-meter relay team. In addition, Mouser was a starting defender on the Lady Huskie soccer team that advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s 4A state tournament. (The PHS girls were eliminated from the tourney on the evening before this year’s state track meet began).
Prior to the back-to-back third-place efforts by Mouser, the last Lady Huskie to win a medal at the Meet of Champions was Sarah Tolson, who claimed first-place gold in the discus at the 2011 MOC, which also took place in Moore.
Tolson, who now competes for the University of Oklahoma Lady Sooners, won four state championships at PHS.