ARDMORE — Bridge Creek senior Abby Mayfield couldn't have thought of a more gratifying way to finish her track career.
Mayfield won two gold medals as a freshman in 2010, but the following year, Bridge Creek moved up to Class 4A, and the competition got tougher.
While she remained in contention among the best runners in the class, state gold had eluded her.
Mayfield won the 400 meters at the Class 4A state meet at Noble Stadium with a time of 1:00.41, and in her final race, she helped put Bridge Creek on the medal podium one more time.
Mayfield took the baton on the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay with her team out of the medals in seventh place. But she passed two other runners for a fifth-place finish.
“I came in and had to prove myself as a freshman,” Mayfield said. “And as a senior, I finished it out, proving myself again.
“It was difficult today, but I thought I gave it my all.”
Mayfield was part of a small track team at Bridge Creek four years ago, but that team has grown. The school does not have a track, and the team regularly practices on grass, or goes to another school to use its track.
But Mayfield and the others who have come through have helped to build the program and are leaving a legacy as they move on.
“I definitely feel like we've helped build something,” she said. “Now, my sister, Megan, and the rest of the team can carry it on.”