Class 3A-4A state track meet: Team titles come down to the wire

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.
by Scott Wright Published: May 4, 2013
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photo - Pauls Valley freshman Claire Grimmett wins the 4A Girls 300 Meter Hurdles during the State 3A and 4A Track Meet on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Ardmore, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Pauls Valley freshman Claire Grimmett wins the 4A Girls 300 Meter Hurdles during the State 3A and 4A Track Meet on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Ardmore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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