With basketball season finally in the rear view mirror, the Plainview track team finally got to take its full squad to a meet, traveling to Norman to compete in the Gregg Byram Track and Field Classic.
The meet was a great early test for the Indians, with schools like Jenks, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial among the participants. Plainview earned fifth overall among girls teams and 12th among the boys.
“Getting those kids back from basketball helps,” head coach Jerry Naylor said. “They just need some time to get into track shape, but overall I feel like we ran really well.” One of them, freshman Rebecca Wright, had a solid showing in the high jump, finishing sixth with a 5-foot-2 jump.
“Considering she’s only had a couple days of practice, I thought she did really well,” Naylor said. “I think that once she does the right stuff and gets some things sorted out, she’ll be real good.” The Indians got the usual outstanding performance from Baylor signee Alex Davis, who earned first-place finishes in the 1600m (5:12.86) and 3200m (10:50.11).
“It was a good time on a tough day,” Naylor said. “The wind was strong and that makes, especially a multiple-lap race, tough to run.” Plainview also got a great day from Shannon Wilson, who earned first place in the disc us and second in the shot put. The Indians also qualified Savannah Runnels for the shot put final, where she took sixth.
“(Wilson) is throwing the shot put better now than she ever did last year,” Naylor said. “She’s gone to a camp in Owasso on some weekends and threw 41 feet up there.” Among the boys, Robert Torres earned fif th in the 1600m and sixth in the 3200m.
As for the season to come, Naylor is optimistic in spite of Plainview’s move to 4A.
“Moving up will be a little tougher, but we’ve got a pretty good chance,” Naylor said.