ARDMORE — The expectations were high and the pressure was palpable on Saturday, but it wasn't going to stop the Douglass girls from winning another state track championship.
Only a collapse in the final event of the day, the 1,600-meter relay, would have stopped the Trojan repeat, but they came through with a second-place finish to wrap up the Class 4A title for the second straight year.
“We wanted this real bad, to repeat and show everybody we could do it,” senior sprinter Te'Era Williams said. “We still felt some pressure, especially coming into state. We had a feel of what this was like from winning it last year, so we came out here and did what we had to do to win.”
Douglass finished with 69 team points, edging John Marshall by seven.
The Trojans graduated only one senior off last year's team, so they've been penciled in as the favorite all year.
“This was something they really wanted,” assistant coach Harvey Ryan said. “We had some hard times, but they were committed.
“We got going a little bit late because of basketball, but the girls worked hard and diligently. They did everything we asked them to do, and this is the outcome.”
The Plainview girls ran away with the 3A championship with 131 points. Metro Christian was second at 61. Lincoln Christian did the same with the 3A boys title, scoring 104 points, 70 better than second-place Sequoyah-Tahlequah. Elgin was the 4A boys champ with 94 points, 31 ahead of Bristow.
For Douglass, it was the school's third girls track state title, with the first coming in 2007.
Trojan senior Madison Reynolds wrapped up the day with individual gold medals in the 200 and 400 meters to go with gold in the 400 relay and silver in the 1,600 relay.
But the team championship meant much more.
“This feels really good,” she said, clutching the championship trophy. “I'm happy we got this because I was dreaming about getting this done my senior year. We finally went out and got it.
“For a while, we were riding on the rep that we had last year, but I think we lived up to it and exceeded last year. It pushed us to get better. Everybody had to do their job, from field events to running events. We all had to work to make this team successful.”