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  • Plainview teams pack punch at Wildcat Invite

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  • MADILL — There may not be anyone in Class 4A that can stop Plainview's Shannon Wilson.
    Or the Indians' entire girls roster, for that matter.
    Wilson broke the school record in the discus throw with throw of 149 feet, 1 inch, part of 11 event wins for Plainview's girls at the Madill Wildcat Invitational on Friday.
    Wilson shattered the previous record held by Megan Radake of 144-0. Sulphur's Daisy Borders was second with a 113-3.
    Wilson said it felt like a record when it left her hand. The senior has improved over 20 feet in the discus since last year.
    "I tried and everything," Wilson joked of breaking the record. "I've known it (the record) since my sophomore year. My mom keeps teasing me that I can't graduate without breaking one of them."
    Wilson also won the shot put with a 39-8, as Plainview finished 1-2-3 in the event (second, Alex Wooley; third, Scarlett Runnels). The girls swept the relays and, excluding hurdles, had winners in every sprint or distance race but the 400.
    Alex Davis (3,200), Jessica Woods (1,600), Bailey Sutherlin (800), Destiny Lawson (200) and Hope Salzman (100) were each event winners for Plainview.
    "We had a great day," Plainview coach Jerry Naylor said. "Everybody ran good, threw good, everything. We're starting to get everybody where we need to be. Not that we don't need to get better, but we sure had a good one.s"
    It wasn't the only 1-2-3 finish for Plainview on the day, as the boys were in command of their side of the meet.
    Plainview's boys won nine events, including 1-2-3 finishes in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. Robert Torres won both events and Elijah McPhail was first in the 3,200 to give the Indians a clean sweep of the distance runs.
    Plainview wasn't limited to the distance races. Brent Davis won the 400 dash, Jamaal Betterson captured the 200 and Kyle Lindsay was the shot put winner for the Indians. And if not for a disqualification in the 4x100 relay, Plainview would have swept the relays.
    It was dominance across the board for a Plainview team that was up against several schools in their first meet of the season.
    "I think overall, we had a pretty good day," Plainview coach Cody Lawson said. "Throwers jumpers, sprinters, distance runners ... Everybody knocked off time. I thought we competed real well."
    Marietta runners strong in debut
    One of Plainview's few losses on the day in relays came in the 4x100, where the Indians were disqualified for an illegal exchange. That allowed Marietta's team of Caleb Fincher, Devante Lawson, Tyler Tatum and Jordan McCarroll to take the race with a time of 45.87.
    It was one of three wins for Marietta on the day, tops among teams not wearing red. Fincher led off the short relays and also swept the 110 and 300 hurdles despite battling illness all day.
    Page 2 of 2 - The senior blazed on the track, but his hand was cold to the touch on Friday. He was just happy with the way Marietta performed with so little meet experience.
    With the same lineup as the 4x100, Marietta was also second in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
    "I think we've got a very good team," Fincher said. "We've got some young talent that's gonna step in there for years to come; we've got some senior leaders. I think it's gonna be good."
    Marietta's showing was excellent considering the Madill meet was the team's first time running all season. Marietta competed in the Kingston meet on Tuesday, but not in the running events.
    It was even more impressive considering Tatum, McCarroll and Finch hadn't run in a varsity meet until Friday.
    "It's amazing when you get the kids to come and run; they run hard, they run well." Suffal said. The involvement of all our kids finally coming out and buying in and competing all year long has been amazing.
    Suffal attributed the resurgence of the boys' numbers this season to the work of fellow coach Matt Appleman.
    "We're just trying to build it," Appleman said. "A lot of them have been out in junior high, but haven't been out in the last couple of years. Just getting them back out is the big thing."
    In girls, Marietta's Hailey Frazier broke the school record in the high jump with a 5-2 jump.
    Others results
    Travis Ward won the discus for Tishomingo with a toss of 139-3. The senior is looking to give Tishomingo back-to-back state champions in the event (Lance Lewis, 2012). "He's just physically bigger and stronger than he was at this time last year," Tishomingo coach Larry Wood said. "And this is still early. I'm gonna be disappointed if he's not right up there competing for the state championship." ... Defending state champion long jumper Mariah Gunter of Tishomingo placed second to Makayla Stephens of Atoka. Stephens jumped 16-3 1/4 to Gunter's 16-1 1/2. Carleigh Neal of Sulphur was third with a 16-1 1/4. ... State placer Haydn Rogers of Sulphur won the boys pole vault with a 12-0. Sulphur had two vaulters in the top three, with Keegan Davidson placing third at 10-6. ... Madill's Shalene Burchett placed first in the girls high jump (10-0).
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