Plainview sprinter and hurdler C.J. Hornback had some tough decisions to make, but the senior can head into state with a clear conscience.


Plainview sprinter and hurdler C.J. Hornback had some tough decisions to make, but the senior can head into state with a clear conscience.

Hornback will be a key component in the Indians’ run at a state championship, and she’ll be able to go for more individual gold as well with a scholarship in hand. Hornback signed with Southern Nazarene University on Friday at Plainview High School, a day before helping the Indians to another Class 3A regional title.

Hornback, who has won state championships in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles in her track career, chose Southern Nazarene over Oklahoma Baptist, Central Oklahoma and Tulsa.

“She’s always been a tough girl who likes competition,” Plainview track and field coach Jerry Naylor said. “She’s done a really good job of working hard to get better.

“When you get someone who’s athletic as she is and is willing to work, you get something.”

Hornback, who was also an All-State selection in softball, is the frontrunner for the 100- and 300-hurdles titles this Friday and Saturday. The Class 3A and 4A state meet will be at Ardmore’s Noble Stadium.

Hornback won each event for the Indians at Saturday’s regional at Madill, and was also the final leg on Plainview’s winning 4x100- and 4x200-relay teams. She’ll have the opportunity to run some of those same races at SNU, which was part of the appeal for Hornback, who said most schools recruiting her wanted her to compete in the heptathlon.

Hornback said her decision to attend SNU was also made easier by the successes of former Plainview athletes at the school in Bethany. Plainview graduate Andrew Leahey is a freshman at SNU, and current Plainview assistant track coach Cody Lawson was a six-time All-American sprinter in the 1990s for the Crimson Storm.

“They both really love it up there and ensured me I’d love it, too,” Hornback said. “I love the campus and it’s close to home.”

Southern Nazarene cross country and track and field coach Billy Miller said that Hornback was exactly what he was looking for in a student athlete.

“It wasn’t just her athleticism, but her presence,” Miller said of Hornback. “You could easily tell what kind of student athlete she is by the way she conducted herself. She has a bright future.”

Erik K. Horne
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