Multiple times this season, Norman's Caleigh Donaghe had been the second-best discus thrower on her own team.
Last week at regionals, she was second to teammate Marisa Fleck by an inch.
But Donaghe stepped up on the big stage with a throw of 128-feet, 9 inches to win the 6A gold medal by nearly two feet over Owasso's Savannah Waters.
MUSTANG'S HELMS A THREE-TIMER
Mustang senior Emily Helms picked up a gold medal Friday, winning the 3,200 meters in Class 6A for the third straight year. Helms clocked a winning time of 11:01.35.
On Saturday, she'll go for another gold in the 1,600, which she won as a sophomore.
STILLWATER'S PRATHER TAKES GOLD
It doesn't take much sand to fill a half-inch, but that was enough for Stillwater's Brandon Prather.
With a distance of 23-5 1/2, Prather edged Lawton's Dayrl Patterson by a half-inch for the 6A gold medal in the long jump.
DEFENDING CHAMPS EARN RELAY POINTS
In addition to the Deer Creek boys, two other defending team champions earned crucial relay points in the 3,200 relay on Friday.
The Edmond Memorial boys won the 6A race in a time of 7:55.88, with a team consisting of Grey Howard, Alex Shook, Gabe Thompson and Harrison Pierce.
Shawnee's girls ran to victory in 5A, with the team of Paige Hughes, Sadie Cullison, Maddie Rutherford and Kelsey Simmons posting a winning time of 9:44.64.
SANTA FE'S HART NARROWLY MISSES FINAL
Two one-thousandths of a second was all that kept Edmond Santa Fe twins Emily and Erin Hart from qualifying together for Saturday's 100-meter final.
Emily Hart advanced with a qualifying time of 15.14 seconds in Friday's preliminaries, while Erin clocked in at 16.01.
That time left her tied with Bartlesville's Elle Denyer for the eighth and final qualifying spot. Denyer's official time was 16.007 while Erin Hart's was 16.009.
Erin Hart qualified for the 300 hurdles final with a time of 46.50.
WERNER SETS RECORD
In one of the final races of the day, Grove's Michaela Werner set a Class 5A state meet record in the 3,200 meters.
Werner blew away the field to win in 11:16.75, which was 10 seconds better than the previous state meet record for 5A. Werner was nearly 36 seconds ahead of second place.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT