Edmond North junior Jaci Smith has a busy Saturday ahead.
Smith advanced to the semifinals in Class 6A No. 2 singles with two victories Friday. Her semifinal match is Saturday morning, and when it is finished she plans to compete in the 2-mile run in the 6A regional track meet at Deer Creek High School.
“If my semifinal match gets done on time, I hope to go over there and try to run it,” Smith said. “It’s going to be really tough for me to actually get done with my semifinals on time. The only way I could run the 2-mile is if my (tennis) match in the morning lasts about an hour.”
If Smith qualifies for the tennis finals, she will be back at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center Saturday afternoon. After the championship match is over, she will go to the track meet to run the mile.
“If I have a 2 1/2-hour last match I might not be running the mile, but I was able to get to it my freshman year,” she said. “I know I am going to be tired.”
Smith pulled the same double duty two years ago, winning the state championship in No. 2 singles and finishing fourth in the mile on the same day at the regional track meet at Edmond North.
Last year, she skipped tennis season to concentrate on the 2-mile run, where she finished fifth at the state track meet. Needless to say, competing in both sports is difficult.
“There have been some conflicts where I have had to miss a track meet because we had a tennis tournament,“ she said. “The coaches have been really flexible letting me do both.”
TEAM BATTLE TIGHT IN 5A; JENKS, ADA LEAD IN 6A AND 4A
Jenks is the frontrunner in 6A heading into Saturday’s semifinals and finals. The Trojans advanced both their singles and doubles into the winner’s bracket on Friday.
Edmond North has both of its doubles squads still alive in the winner’s bracket along with Smith at No. 2 singles.
Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall and defending state champion Duncan are all playing with a full squad in the winner’s bracket Saturday in Class 5A.
In 4A, Ada is the only school to have all of its players still alive in the winner’s bracket.
Dick Villaflor, who coached tennis at Heritage Hall for 34 years and led the Chargers to 21 girls’ state championships and 12 boys’ titles, is back at the state tennis tournament for the 35th time. But this time Villaflor is wearing different colors. He is now co-head coach of Deer Creek. … Jordan Henry, who is the No. 1 seed in Class 6A, is the daughter of Oklahoma City Tennis Center manager and pro Steve Henry. … Junior Hannah Bowen and senior Lindsey Grace advanced to the semifinals in No. 1 doubles for Heritage Hall. Both won state championships in doubles as freshmen playing with different partners. … Defending 5A No. 1 singles state champion Peyton Jennings of Cascia Hall easily advanced to the semifinals. … Defending 6A No. 2 singles champion Jenny Bond of Jenks advanced to the semifinals, but not before winning a hard-fought quarterfinal match against McGuinness’ Kaitlynn Huelskamp 7-5, 6-3.