Through the pain and frustration of an injury-filled senior season, Douglass sprinter Audrianna Morgan has tried to keep a level head.
Her goal of becoming a four-time state champion in the 100 meters is still attainable, and she’d be the first sprinter from the Oklahoma City Public Schools to become a four-timer.
But with a hip injury and shin splints nagging at her off and on throughout the season, Morgan has kept a mature focus — and yet, an intensely competitive one, too.
“If I don’t get it, I’ll know I gave it my all,” she said as her serious face turned into a smile. “But if I don’t win, I’m gonna bawl my eyes out.”
The Class 4A state meet is two weeks away, and Morgan is doing everything she can to get healthy and get her times down for the stretch run.
She has only been beaten on a couple of occasions this season in either the 100 or 200 meters, and her 100 times have been under the 13-second mark. It generally takes something in the low 12s to win state at the Class 4A level, especially with defending champion Carsyn Spurgeon of Vinita back this year after posting a 12.01 winning time last spring.
The 4A field offers a tougher challenge for Morgan, who won her first three 100 titles in Class 3A when she attended Centennial.
Morgan had been at Centennial since sixth grade, and when her family moved to the Douglass district, she considered staying there to finish out her high school career. But with her younger sister set to be a freshman at Douglass, Morgan decided to make the move.
“I didn’t want her to be over here by herself, and I wanted the chance to run track with her this year, too,” Morgan said. “So I decided to go ahead and move over here. With her being a ninth grader and me being a senior, this was our only chance to run together.”
Morgan’s arrival gave an added boost to the Douglass girls team, which has been a regular contender at state the last few years, including back-to-back championships in 2011-12.
“We’ve been running against her the last three years, so we knew what she could do,” coach Larry Joubert said. “If she stays focused and is healthy, we think she has a chance to be right there in the mix.”
Oklahoma Baptist, Bacone and a few other colleges have expressed serious interest in Morgan, and she’s excited for the opportunity to run at the next level.
But first, she’s focused on a strong finish to her high school career.
In addition to having won three 100 titles, Morgan has a pair of 200 titles. She also feels Douglass’ 400 and 800 relay teams have a shot at gold.
“Knowing this is my last season in high school,” she said, “I’ve got to make it worth it.”