More than a minute ahead of her next closest competitor, Alex Davis ran her race again.
And so did her Plainview teammates, young and old, as the Indians put six runners in the top 10 to win the Lake Country Conference meet Saturday near the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.
After a rain delay pushed back the start of the meet some 20-25 minutes, Plainview swept both the boys and girls races — the first official races of the season after two weeks of practice runs. The girls outscored second-place Marietta 19-76, while the boys had a closer finish with Madill, edging the Wildcats 25-38.
Davis, the defending Class 3A individual champion, who is being courted by several Division I programs, finished in 11 minutes and 13 seconds, with Sulphur’s Ashley Hughes coming in second at 12:38.
“I love my team,” Davis said postrace. “This year is awesome. They’re such hard workers. I just know we’re gonna kill it this year.”
Plainview’s girls showed on Saturday that they’re as deep as ever, as the Indians occupied the five of the top six spots. Junior Jessica Woods was third (12:41), with freshmen Madie Gray (12:50) and Bailey Sutherlin (12:54) placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Senior Makayla Miller was sixth at 12:55. She and Davis are going after their fourth team state championship in four seasons this fall, and feel like the team is as strong as it’s ever been from top to bottom.”
“I feel like our team’s gonna be better than we have been,” Miller said. “Our freshmen have been working hard, they’re doing good, and it’s good that we have a younger team because it’s giving them experience.”
Davis was also impressed with the two freshmen placing in the top 5 in their first official 2-mile race.
“I was thinking that the freshmen would be shocked by the 2-mile today,” she said. “If you watched, they pretty much worked.”
Whereas many of her competitors had at least two practice meets to prepare for the LCC meet, Sulphur’s Hughes was jumping into the fire with no meets under her belt this year. Hughes said neither the downpour nor the lack of practice meets effected her as much as she thought it would.
“It was tough out there the first race of the year,” Hughes said. “I’m not in my best shape, but it was nice to come out and run though it was raining.”
“Looking at my time at our time trial this week, and coming out and running well, I’m expecting to do good at state. I think I have a chance and I’m just gonna go see where it takes me.”
Senior Robert Torres was the top finisher for the Plainview boys, coming in second place in 16:23. He was backed by teammates Jackson Daube and Colby Thompson, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, giving Plainview three runners in the top five.
Page 2 of 2 - “I think my start is pretty good; I know I can get better,” said Torres, who was an All-State performer for Plainview last season at 3A state. “As far as the team goes, we’re looking pretty good.”
Torres was 2 seconds behind Alberto Vasquez of Durant, but was named LCC champion because Class 5A Durant is not a part of the Lake Coutry Conference. Vasquez has been Torres’ top area competion in the early season, beating him at the the Ardmore practice meet last week.
The two stayed close throughout the 3-mile race, but Vasquez pulled away in the final few meters.
“I wanted to come out and try to beat him, but he kinda got me at the end,” Torres said.
Erik K. Horne