YUKON — Putnam City's Schuyler Wood lay on the track, crumpled in pain and frustration, not 50 feet from where she stood an hour earlier to receive her gold medal.
Wood experienced the best and worst of the Class 6A state track meet Friday at Yukon.
Wood fell hard in the 100-meter hurdle preliminary race, clipping the top of a hurdle with her lead foot not quite halfway through the race.
“The girl who won it last year, Kiarra Jones from Lawton Eisenhower, I kept up with her until that hurdle,” Wood said. “I felt like getting my foot back down on the ground faster would help me get past her, and I guess I just put it down too soon.”
Only a junior, Wood started her day by posting a personal best distance to repeat as state champion in the long jump, but that wasn't easy, either.
She scratched in her first two attempts in preliminaries and didn't advance to the finals until her final jump. Then, on the second attempt in the finals, she posted her winning — and personal best — distance of 19 feet, 3 inches.
“Me and her dad were ready to pull our hair out,” PC coach Adam Helms said with a laugh. “But once she got into the finals, everything was nice and relaxed, and all she had to do was go jump.
“Then, to see her so close to reaching her potential in the hurdles, it was tough.”
Wood's long jump win gave Putnam City's girls 10 points in the team race and with several qualifiers competing for points Saturday, the Pirates hope to stay in the hunt.
“With the events we're good in, we knew our points would come (Saturday),” Helms said. “Hopefully we'll be close to the leaders coming in.”
Wood will play a role in that as well.
After her fall, Wood iced her knee while athletic trainers cleaned up a few scrapes, but otherwise, Wood plans on being ready to compete in the high jump Saturday with no lasting effects from Friday's fall — physically or emotionally.
“Falling, it's just one of those things that happens. I wish it wasn't this meet that it happened, but what are you gonna do?” Wood said. “I don't think this (injury) is any big thing. I'll be all right.”