For many area schools, the Ardmore Invitational definitely looked like the first meet of the year.
For Plainview's girls team it wasn't, as the Indians ran away with the team championship against schools from higher classifications. But coach Jerry Naylor knows the girls have a long way to go in a long season.
The Indians got wins in five events and place finishes in 12, but Naylor said his team may have performed better in a fifth-place finish last week in Norman. It didn't show in the scoring, with Plainview (123 points) way ahead of second-place Norman (94).
"In track, some people are gonna do better than you think, some people won't," Naylor said. "As a whole, we performed a little better in the short stuff, but it wasn't a great day for the distance runners. We've got to get better in a lot of stuff.
"We've got a ways to go to get to where we want to go. Most people do at this time of year."
The Indians are already plenty good in certain events, paced by distance runner Alex Davis and thrower Shannon Wilson.
Wilson, the reigning 3A state champion in the shot put and discus, won both events by wide margins on Friday. The senior set a personal record in the discus with a throw of 140 feet, 4 inches, and won the shot with a 39-2.
Davis, who won state in the 3,200 last season, ran a commanding race despite wind conditions Naylor said weren't great in particular stretches on the track. The Baylor signee finished in 11 minutes and 15.29 seconds.
Davis also won the 1,600 (5:14.79), as Plainview had three runners in the top six including Jessica Woods (third, 5:29.77) and Madie Gray (5:53.01). The Indians' 4x800 relay team of Woods, Gray, Bailey Sutherlin and Makayla Miller rallied back to beat Norman High with a time of 10:11.96.
"Our distance runners ran better in Norman in poorer conditions," Naylor said. "We had that wind, but it wasn't hitting you in the face down the stretch.
"The relays ran pretty good times considering the conditions. All the other kids ran pretty good times, too. Overall, I thought our kids did really good."
Plainview's boys scored in four events, with the distance races their strong suit. The boys team of Jackson Daube, Isaac Growall, Brent Davis and Robert Torres placed second in the 4x800 relay (8:37.03). Torres also placed second in the 3,200 run (10:36.34), and fourth in the 1,600 (4:46.67).
Daube and Growall placed fifth and sixth, respectively in the 800.
Runners lead Ardmore girls to 6th
Ardmore's girls had a strong showing on Friday, placing sixth as a team with 56 points.
The Tigers scored in nine events, with runner-up finishes in the 400 dash by freshman Zoe Booker (1:03.03) and the 800 run by senior Destinee Howell (2:30.83).
Ardmore also placed in each relay, with their best finish coming from Shamise McGee, Howell, Tee Taylor and Christin Russell in the 4x100.
"I was pretty pleased," Ardmore girls coach Brenda McHatton said. "It gives us an idea of where we are, and what things we need to work on.
"Obviously, we need some field event points, we need to get our miler and 2-miler up there with the rest of them, and we need to improve on handoffs, but in the next 6-8 weeks, I think I can get them there."
Shawnee (69), Norman North (68) and Elgin (61.5) rounded out the top five girls teams.
Ardmore's boys got points from Easton Gordon in the 300 hurdles (fourth, 44.11), and Jeff Surrell in the 100 dash (fifth, 11.21).
Relays lead Madill girls
Madill ran what coach Trey Drinkard called a "low-key" relay meet the week prior to Ardmore, and the Wildcats look to have strong relays going forward in Class 4A.
The Wildcats' relay teams paced them to 17 points, with the girls 4x400 relay team of Lyndsey Carpenter, Dulce Martinez, Araceli Flores and Juanita Flores placing third overall. Madill also won its heat in the 4x200.
Madill's next meet is March 29 at home, as the Wildcats host the Wildcat Invitational.
"I feel like that's gonna be our strongest relay," Drinkard said of the 4x400. "That was the first time we ran that group together."