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.