MIDWEST CITY — A school without a track won the Class A girls track championship.
With only five girls competing Saturday in the state track meet at Carl Albert High School, Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City captured its first state championship in any sport.
“Saying that I was part of a team that won the first state championship in any sport we've ever done, it blows my mind,” said Kaylin Moore, a member of two winning relays for the Knights.
Cameron Shivers, who anchored the winning relays, also finished first in the 200 and 400 for the Knights.
“It is pretty amazing,” said Shivers, who transferred from Bishop McGuinness to Crossings Christian two years ago. “We were not planning on being state champs.”
Crossings Christian also got points from Moore, who finished third in the long jump and fourth in the 100 hurdles.
Julie Sauer, also a member of the winning relays along with Shannon Ashworth, also scored points by finishing fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100.
It was enough for Crossings Christian to finish 12 points ahead of defending state champ Deer Creek-Lamont.
What makes the state championship even more improbable is the lack of track facilities at the school. Crossings Christian, part of Crossings Community Church, doesn't have a track and very little track equipment.
“I think we have a couple of hurdles,” Shivers said.
The relay teams practice on grass, marking off the distances and exchanges with cones.
“We have been slowly building the program,” Crossings Christian track coach Tyler Field said. “We haven't had any high jumpers because we don't have a high jump pit. We haven't had pole vaulters. They have had to practice at other schools.”
Moore has to use the sand pit for intramural volleyball to practice for the long jump.
“Training is very difficult,” Moore said. “Some days when it rains a lot of the water will not come off of the field. On bad days if there is a lot of water, I will do the hurdles on concrete.”
Crossings Christian will have a track next season. A football stadium and track are currently under construction, but this year the Knights didn't need one to win a state title.
Crossings Christian became a high school just seven years ago, Field said. Six seniors are scheduled to graduate this year, which will quadruple the alumni.
The school's first graduate was two years ago and the second was last year.
“We will have to call them and give them the good news,” Field said.