YUKON — Once she took the baton for the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay, there was no way Edmond Santa Fe junior Tyler Wisby was going to be caught from behind.
A win would guarantee the Wolves a team state track championship, so Wisby was focused on staying in front.
Earlier in the day, she was leading the open 400, and hearing the crowd cheering loudly, she thought she was going to win — then she got beat at the line.
The cheers she heard as she came down the final straightaway made her nervous, despite her growing lead.
“I was like, ‘No, no, no!'” Wisby said. “I just knew I had to leave it on the track. I had to do this for my team. I didn't do it for myself, so I had to finish it for my team.”
Wisby finished off the relay victory in a time of 3:57.98 to seal up the Class 6A team title for the Wolves with 97 points Saturday at Yukon's Miller Stadium. Tulsa Union was second at 81.
“Winning as a team feels so much better than winning as an individual,” Wisby said. “It takes a lot of heart to win as a team. We had our ups and downs, but we pushed through and became a great team.”
Santa Fe won the team title with only three event victories. Along with the 1,600 and 3,200 relays, Kayley Humann won the pole vault with a jump of 11 feet flat. The Wolves scored points in all but five events.
Union was ahead by four points entering the final event, the 1,600 relay, but did not have a team in the event. Edmond Memorial was also within striking distance, but the Wolves were able to hold them off as well, landing the Bulldogs in third at 78.
“Union being on the east side of the state, we didn't know that much about them, but they came here and started winning all these events,” coach Carl Hawkins said. “But we had girls in 11 events today, and I told them if we just scored in most of those events, then we should be OK.
“We just needed to take care of business. We didn't need to do anything extraordinary. Just do what we've been doing. And we were fortunate enough to pull it off.”