Someone close to the Edmond Memorial girls track team felt pretty confident in the Bulldogs’ chances of repeating as the Class 6A state track champions Saturday at Yukon.
By the time the Memorial girls took the podium to receive their team trophy, they’d already been handed T-shirts announcing them as the 2014 champions.
“We felt pretty good coming into today. I mean, we have T-shirts already that say ‘State Champions.’ But we had to stay humble and keep working hard,” said junior Rhandi Jackson, who was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that won to give Memorial the last of its 148 points — more than twice that of second-place Edmond North at 68.
“It’s just amazing to see all the hard work our team put in. It’s been a long process to be back-to-back state champions and it’s just amazing.”
The title was Memorial’s third in the last four years, and this one came on the backs of a strong set of sprinters and distance runners for coach Tim Grantham.
The same group of sprinters who won the 800 relay on Friday added a 400 relay title on Saturday. Morganne Mukes, Ricki Scheef, Kelsie Shanks and Mia Mukes won with a time of 47.74.
Mia Mukes added gold in the 400 with a winning time of 55.56 and earned her fourth gold medal as the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay, along with Jackson, Scheef and Tess O’Connor.
But there wasn’t much time to celebrate for Memorial’s seniors, who had to be at their graduation ceremony by 6 p.m.
The Edmond Memorial boys were in good shape to pull off their own state championship, until the final 150 meters of the 1,600 relay, when Jenks was able to pass them and clinch the title.
The Bulldogs still took second, thanks to a couple of individual golds on Saturday.
David G. Smith won the discus at 161-11 and Micah Fontaine won the 110 hurdles in 14.37, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Edmond North’s Mark Sharpton at 14.38.
WOOD GETS LONG JUMP THREE-PEAT
Putnam City’s Schuyler Wood earned her third straight gold medal in the long jump.