After a runner-up finish at the state track meet the year before, there was only one goal on the minds of the Millwood girls.
“The focus was winning the state championship,” said sophomore sprinter Breonna Hall, who was part of three record-setting performances at the Class 2A state track meet to help the Falcons win their first girls team championship.
“We made history. That was a really big deal to us,” said Hall, who earned The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Girls Track Athlete of the Year honor for her efforts.
In addition to setting 2A state meet records in the 400- and 800-meter relays, Hall won the 400 meters with a meet record time of 55.97 seconds — a mark that shocked even her.
“To break two of the records with my teammates was amazing, because we didn’t know if we could do it, and we did it,” she said. “In the 400, I was really surprised, because of how old the record was.”
Hall nearly broke the 400 record in the preliminary race, running a 57.66. The meet record of 57.60 had stood since 1982.
But Hall cut nearly two seconds off her time for the finals.
Now, she’s moving on to bigger and better goals, primarily breaking the 400-meter state record of 54.89 — a number that suddenly seems more attainable for the young runner.
“I wrote a list of goals on a piece of paper after last season,” she said. “I stayed focused and achieved them one by one and I’m pretty excited about that.
“I’m starting to think about my goals for next year, and have one No. 1 goal, to break the state record. It’s been there for a long time, so I know it will take a lot of hard work.”