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Girls state tennis: Jaci Smith keeps pace with hectic schedule that includes one state title

Edmond North takes Class 6A championship at No. 2 singles, then heads to track regionals to compete in mile run
BY ADAM KEMP, For The Oklahoman Published: May 5, 2012

Almost immediately after raising her arms in celebration of winning a first Class 6A No. 2 singles tennis title, freshman Jaci Smith had to run — literally.

Smith of Edmond North beat rival Megan Montgomery of Edmond Memorial 6-2, 6-0 for a girls state championship Saturday; the win helped North capture the team title over Jenks and Tulsa Bishop Kelley.

But Smith wasn't done for the day as she and her parents jumped in the car to make it to the Oklahoma regional track meet at Edmond Santa Fe, where Smith would run the mile.

“I'm tired, but I'll recover,” Smith said. “I just want to represent my school in all the ways I can. I condition and that prepares me for days like this.”

Smith, who won the Red Bud Classic earlier this year, said she likes to play tennis with same attitude she when she runs: Slow and steady.

“I like to get moving and have long points,” Smith said. “Usually, my opponent will tire out and that works out to my advantage.”

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