Mia Mukes spent the final day of the Class 6A state track meet just trying to go fast — even after the races were over.
Mukes won four gold medals, led her team to a state title, had a quick celebration and jumped in a Suburban with four of her teammates.
They had to get to the Edmond Memorial graduation ceremony on time.
“I got to take some photos and talk to my family and the people who came to support me, and then we took off,” Mukes said with a laugh. “We were moving.”
Mukes, The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Girls Track Athlete of the Year, won the 400 meters with a time of 55.56 seconds, and anchored three relay teams to victory, giving her four gold medals, an impressive accomplishment for someone who hadn’t even medaled at a state event before.
“The difference this year was definitely the training,” said Mukes, who has signed with Oklahoma. “The program at Edmond Memorial demands the athlete to put out like what we did. It was strictly the training.”
Despite the frantic final day, she still managed to enjoy the little moments of the state track meet.
Her final meet was special for many reasons, one of them being that it was her last meet with her little sister, Morganne.
“It was so fun,” Mia said. “I would get to cheer her on when she started the relays, then I would get to finish it. I loved seeing her face after, and seeing how excited she was. It was really fun and really special, because we only got one year together.
“We definitely did it right.”