KINGFISHER — Kingfisher track coach Alan Palesano doesn't hold back when describing talented junior Mika Pinkerton.
“She has more natural ability than any girl I've ever coached,” Palesano said. “She has good speed, good agility, just a lot of God-given ability.”
Pinkerton was busy showing off that talent last week, winning nine gold medals, a silver and a bronze in 11 events over a seven-day period. She ran in meets at Kingfisher, Fairview and Okeene, never finishing worse than third, to earn the honor as The Oklahoman's Female Track Athlete of the Week.
Pinkerton won the 100-meter hurdles at all three meet, and was part of the 400 and 800 relay teams that won a combined five gold medals and a silver, including setting a school record of 50.44 in the 400 relay. She competed in the 300 hurdles at two meets, finishing first and third.
“Her best event is the 100 hurdles. She three-steps them all,” Palesano said of her technique. “She doesn't jump them, she hurdles them. She's just natural in the hurdles.”
Pinkerton also calls the 100 hurdles her favorite event. She finished third at state last year in the event, and second as a freshman at Watonga.
“I feel that's what I'm best at,” she said. “When I started doing it, I just kind of got it. It's hard, and I work at it, but I haven't fallen yet.”
Plainview's C.J. Hornback finished second ahead of Pinkerton at the Class 3A state meet, and she's back this year as well, holding the best time of the season in the 100 hurdles at 15.21 seconds.
Pinkerton's best time is 16.10, and her sights are set on lowering it in time for regionals and state.
“I want to win state in the 100 hurdles,” she said. “I'm trying to get my time better. It would mean everything to win it. It would be so amazing to stand up there and know that I won state.”