MIDWEST CITY — Millwood senior Janari Glover wants to go out with a ring.
The star sprinter wants it every bit as much for his school as he does for himself.
A track state title would give Millwood’s talented senior class their first in a boys’ sport this school year. The Falcons finished runner-up in football and lost in the semifinals in basketball despite being the favorites to win both championships.
“We use the losses from basketball and football to motivate us,” Glover said. “It’s all the same people hanging around and supporting each other in all those sports, so that really pushes myself and my teammates.”
His performance in the Class 2A state track tournament on Friday at Carl Albert has put him in position to help collect a lot of points for his team on Saturday. The Falcons currently sit in fourth with 22 points, two behind leader Frederick.
In the preliminaries, Glover posted the top times of 10.87 seconds in the 100 and 22.23 in the 200. He’s also part of the Falcons’ 400 relay team — with Alfonzo McMillian, Micah Sanders, and Chris Cohen — which registered the top time of the preliminaries at 43.04.
Additionally, he’ll run in the 1600 relay on Saturday, giving him a shot at capping his impressive career with four gold medals.
“My teammates are also my competitors,” Glover said. “They’re pushing me every day and that’s who I look forward to competing against and with here at state. With me and Alfonzo, we’re always pushing each other and having fun with it. And we’ve got the young guys Micah Sanders and Gregory McCalister that we’ve brought into that as well.”
Glover, who will play running back at Northeastern State next fall, came close to breaking the meet record of 10.71 in the 100 on Friday and could very well break it if the conditions remain ideal on Saturday. But his focus remains on rings, not records.
“I’ve been told by plenty of people about breaking that (record),” Glover said. “But my main concern is getting a ring, and I want everyone to get a ring. I want us all to get something.”