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High school track and field preview: Deer Creek teams ready to contend again

Last year's second-place finish at state has flipped the switch for the Deer Creek girls track team. Not only do they want to win state for themselves, but they want to match what the boys team accomplished last spring.
by Scott Wright Published: March 12, 2013

“The team had some breakthroughs and built a lot of confidence last season,” coach David Riden said. “And it left them with a hunger, because they were pretty close to winning it, probably thinking we were a year away. So it left a hunger there for this year.”

On the boys side, Deer Creek has a different kind of hunger in its drive to defend last year's title.

The boys team is balanced throughout, but strong in the sprints, led by senior Otugo Ananaba, who won gold and silver in the 100 and 200, respectively, at state last year.

The team has been driving since the winter to repeat on the 5A medal stand.

“Otugo has been out there working just about every day since December,” Riden said. “He's encouraging other guys and talking to the new guys about what it takes to get back there. And I've seen the same with the girls as well, Lillie and Kirsten, pushing the others.

“Even when the workouts are hard, you can see there is a resolve with these kids to get through it and get the job done.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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Key dates for the high school track and field season

March 14: Edmond Santa Fe Wolves Invitational

March 22: OU John Jacobs Invitational

April 12: Yukon Invitational

April 16: OBU Bison Invitational

April 18: Edmond North Track Classic

April 27: Regionals, Class A-4A

May 3-4: State, Class A-4A

May 4: Regionals, Class 5A-6A

May 10-11: State, Class 5A-6A

May 14: OTCA Meet of Champions


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