EDMOND — Deer Creek sprinter Kirsten Burnett admits that she was a little surprised at the Class 5A state track meet.
She anticipated success for herself and her team, but as the final day wore on, things just kept getting better.
Burnett finished with four gold medals individually, winning both the 100 and 200 meters, along with two sprint relays. And as a team, the Antlers finished second overall, hanging within range of first place until Shawnee won the final race of the day, the 1,600-meter relay.
But Burnett, a junior, hopes their efforts helped put Deer Creek on the map in track and field. And it also helped her earn The Oklahoman's Girls Track Athlete of the Year honor.
“When we go to meets, we just kind of forget there's a team competition,” Burnett joked. “I didn't even think we could get second at state. But after we won the 4x200 relay, we were in first, and we were like, ‘What's going on?'
“We just didn't expect to place that high, but the fact that we did says a lot about our team. We became determined to keep doing good and keep performing.”
Burnett repeated as the 100 (12.30 seconds) and 200 (25.15) champ, showing improvement in her times from a year ago. Colleges are beginning to recruit her, and that should pick up after July 1, when coaches can contact her directly.
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