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.”
Smith's father, Don, said he knew his daughter was going to be good at tennis when she was 12. That was the last time he beat Jaci in a match.
“I used to take it easy on her and let her win,” he said. “Now those days are gone. I haven't won in years.”
Smith, 15, said even though she is younger than most of the people she competes against, she plays with a level head and tries not to get down on herself. Jaci said loves the fact that she has three more years to try and win another state title.
“It was a lot of pressure, but I know that I have more time, so even if I didn't win I knew I'd be all right,” she said. “I really had nothing to lose. So I just went out and played my game.”