McKale Davis of Stillwater was mighty lonely Sunday on the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon course.
“I was by myself for the last 16 miles,” said Davis, who dominated the women's field in winning the Memorial Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 53 minutes and 30 seconds.
Davis, a multiple state high school track champion at Woodland, had won the half-marathon the past two years in the Memorial Marathon.
Davis decided to run the full marathon this year because she doesn't know when she will get another chance.
“I just got a job in Arizona and I was just afraid this was going to be my last Memorial for awhile,” said Davis, who is scheduled to graduate from Oklahoma State University next week with a Ph.D in nutrition.
“So I wanted to do the whole thing — get the whole, full Memorial experience and, boy, it handed it to me. I always think I am faster than I am and I went out at a fast pace that I couldn't handle. The last half was hard.”
Davis, 28, was a 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter state high school champion for three consecutive years at Woodland, setting Class A state track meet records in both events.
She ran collegiately at Texas Christian University from 2003-07.
Sunday's win was Davis' first marathon victory in four tries. She finished third in the Dallas marathon in December.
“My first victory,” she said. “It's pretty exciting. I had a lot of pressure because I won the half-marathon the last two years.
“I thought I had a chance to win, but there are some good Oklahoma runners and it just depends on who hops in the race that day.”