All four track championships at the Class 3A and 4A state meets were still in question when Saturday's final event, the 1,600-meter relay, began at Ardmore's Noble Stadium.
The Lincoln Christian boys pulled out the closest of the four titles, edging Frederick by one point. Lincoln Christian was third in the 1,600 relay to secure the points needed to win, 70-69.
Bristow held onto its lead in 4A boys by winning the 1,600 relay for 74 points, with Douglass second at 66.
Vinita did the same in 4A girls, winning the last race for 98 points, while Plainview finished second at 89.
In 3A girls, Beggs took the team title with 96 points, while Millwood was second at 70 after being disqualified in the final event.
Douglass takes runner-up trophy
Chris High never stopped running.
He knew his team would need every possible point to win the Class 4A title, so after he handed off the baton to Anthony Williams on the anchor leg of the 400 relay, High kept going down the lane, yelling encouragement all the way to the finish line.
“It makes me feel like I'm giving him motivation, pushing him more,” High said.
Douglass won the event with a time of 43.43 seconds, but ultimately finished second in the team competition.
Not long after winning the 400 relay, Williams added another gold medal in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.15.
And Douglass junior Anthonio Humphrey coasted to victory in the 800 with a personal-best time of 1:56.35.
Lowery wins three more golds
Chandler's Chris Lowery pulled off the repeat, times three.
For the second straight year, Lowery won three gold medals, sweeping the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs in the 3A state meet.
After winning the 3,200 on Friday, Lowery took the 800 in 2:00.86. Then he completed the day with a narrow win in the 1,600 in 4:39.80.
Lowery, who turned down offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Tulane and others to sign with Oklahoma City University, has won eight gold medals in track and twice was a cross country state champion during his career.
“It's exciting, because I've worked really hard,” he said. “I did everything when I was a freshman, football, basketball — I tried to play baseball, but it wouldn't work with track. Once I focused on running, I took it to a new level.”
Centennial's Morgan a three-timer
Centennial's Audrianna Morgan did what she always seems to do when she steps onto the track for a 100-meter dash — she ran faster than everyone else.
Only a junior, Morgan became a three-time winner of the Class 3A girls 100 meters, clocking a winning time of 12.40 seconds.
Morgan nearly earned a second three-time honor in the 200, but was edged out by Okmulgee's Brittany Stallings by less than one-tenth of a second in the 200.
Davis wins tight one
Davis and Millwood have had some classic football battles in recent years, and they had a tight race in the 3A boys 400 relay, with Davis pulling out the victory by a hundredth of a second.
Davis clocked a winning time of 44.51, with Millwood at 44.52.
Millwood bounced back to take the 800 relay with a winning time of 1:32.81 in the first-ever running of the event in 3A boys state competition.
Millwood's Janari Glover also picked up an individual win in the 100 in 10.87.
McGinnis takes high jump
Before the majority of fans had filtered into Noble Stadium Saturday, Heritage Hall's Tyler McGinnis was already standing atop the podium to receive his gold medal.
One of the first winners of the day, McGinnis won the Class 4A high jump at 6-5 1/2. Only three other competitors cleared 6-2.
Academic champs honored
The Lincoln Christian and Sulphur girls shared the podium for a photo after tying for the Class 3A academic state championship, each with 4.0 team grade-point averages.
Marlow won the 3A boys award with a 3.907 GPA.
In Class 4A, the Elgin girls and Tuttle boys each posted a 4.0 team GPA to win the championship trophies.
Meet of Champions May 14
Yukon High School will be the location for this year's Meet of Champions on the evening of May 14.
Event winners and runners-up from the Class A-4A state meets must register at www.ohstrack.com by Wednesday to be eligible for the meet.
Here are the other gold medal winners from the Oklahoma City metro area:
* The Millwood girls won the 400 relay in 3A in a time of 50.92.
* Tuttle won the 4A boys 800-meter relay, an event just added this year, with a time of 1:33.78.
* Newcastle senior Ashley Bryant earned her third top-two finish in the 4A shot put, winning by nearly four feet with a throw of 42-7. She also won gold two years ago.
* Katy Whitekiller of Purcell repeated as pole vault champion, winning at 11-6.
* Pauls Valley freshman Claire Grimmett held off a strong field to win the 300 hurdles in a time of 48.23.