It was deja vu all over again at the Lake Country Conference Meet.


It was deja vu all over again at the Lake Country Conference Meet.

Just like in 2010, Plainview’s girls topped Madill on Saturday, with the same individual top three — Alex Davis, Rebekah Hickman and Makayla Miller — well ahead of the pack. And just like in 2010, Madill’s boys outran Plainview for the title.

Plainview’s Ryan Hicks won the LCC meet for the second consecutive year, beating Tishomingo’s Logan Blackburn while topping the course-best time of former Plainview teammate Andrew Leahey. Hicks and Blackburn were even at the halfway mark of the 3.1-mile race, but Hicks pulled away late, winning in 16 minutes, 43 seconds.

“I didn’t think I did as well as I did when I crossed,” Hicks said. “I just hope it continues.”

The meet was the first official event for each of the teams participating. Not a bad way to start a double state title defense in Class 3A. Plainview boys and girls teams swept the state championship last season.

“Our team is pretty solid this year,” said Davis, who won the LCC last year as a sophomore. “We’re usually more spread out, but this year, we’re more team spirited. And running in the heat makes us even beastlier.”

The conditions were pleasant early Saturday compared to recent 100-degree plus mornings. Halfway through the girls’ run, Plainview had six of the top 10 runners, with Madill occupying the other four. Freshman Lindsey Gregory was the top finsher for Madill, placing fourth (13:05), but the Indians outscored the Wildcats 17 to 39.

Davis finsihed in 11:43 followed by Hickman (12:53) and Miller (13:01)
Madill reversed its fortunes on the boys side, winning 23-32. The Wildcats placed five runners in the top 12, paced by senior Justin Shahan, who finished third at 17:13.

The Wildcats were in mid-season pack running form. occupying the 3-4-5 spots with Shahan, David Duran and Dillon Idleman. Plainview’s Robert Torres was sixth and Ardmore’s Devin Gordon was eighth.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys stepping up to fill in where we need to fill in at,” Shahan said. “We’re really bringing the heat in practice this year. Coach (Ron) Love is making sure we’re going daily.”

Madill placed 10th at the state meet last year in Class 4A. Love said his team is making the necessary improvements in order to compete in its class.

“We’re sitting in a position right now where we still have a lot of improvement to go,” Love said. “We’re gonna make some big strides to get to the top of our class this year.

“I thought the boys hooked up really well today. The girls also are in the same situation. They ran really, really well and are gonna have a chance to get to the top of that bunch too.”

Plainview coach Jerry Naylor said his girls have never run particularly well on the Ardmore campus course, which winds behind the high school and the Higher Education Center. Naylor was, however, pleased that his team was able to run a longer distance before the competitive Marcus I Invitational in Denton this Saturday.

Prior to the LCC meet, the Indians’ girls ran only one mile in each of their practice meets, but ran the standard two miles on Saturday. The boys team added a mile on Saturday, from 2.1 in practice meets to 3.1.

Individually, the end result wasn’t any different than the previous two weeks. Practice or the real deal, Davis and Hicks have won three out of three races this season.

“At least we got a two-mile race in before Denton,” Naylor said. “We needed a full race before we went out there.”

Erik K. Horne
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