EDMOND — Ardmore's girls track team finished fourth at the Deer Creek Invitational on Friday.
Only meet champion Edmond Memorial (173.6 points), Deer Creek (117.6) and Edmond North (84.6) scored higher than the Tigers, who had 12 place finishes in 11 events.
Ardmore scored 64 points as a team.
"I was very pleased with their performance," Ardmore coach Brenda McHatton said. "We had a long talk about what we need to do. We needed to start focusing if we wanted to place at state."
Christin Russell placed fifth and fourth, respectively, in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and helped Ardmore to fourth-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Destinee Howell and Zoe Booker also helped the Tigers score in multiple events. Howell placed second in the 800 run — Ardmore's best place of the day — and ran legs on the 4x100, 4x400 and the 4x800. The 4x800 team of Booker, Kevi Davis, Rickkia Manuel and Howell placed second.
Booker was sixth in the 400 and contributed to the Tigers' 4x400 relay team.
Celia Caro had personal records in the mile and two-mile, and Howell ran a 2:25 in the 800 for one of the top times in the state this season in Class 5A.
The Ardmore boys were seventh as a team, with individual place finishes from Jeff Surrell in the 100 (sixth, 11.87), Kain McCullough in the 200 (fourth, 24.07) and Daylen Baker in the discus (sixth, 119-11) and shot put (fifth, 46-11.5).
Ardmore was competing in its third meet of the season.
"We've gotten better every week," Ardmore track coach Corey Russell said. "Our 4x100 time has gone down, our mile relay has gone down. These kids have gotten a lot better; I'm real proud of them.
"We've got some freshmen on our team, and they've got to get used to having a track workout. We'll use Monday and the Durant track meet (Tuesday) as a preparation for another big meet at Yukon (Friday)."