MADILL — A new year, with new stars and even a new class.

But still some awfully similar results.

Plainview once again proved itself the class of the Lake Country Conference Saturday, sweeping both the boys and girls team competitions at Madill and once again placing the Indians in a strong position heading into regional and state competition.

Plainview, now a member of 4A, placed in all 17 events it entered in the girls portion of the meet while rolling to a dominant score of 263, over twice as many points as any other squad.

It left coach Jerry Naylor happy with the way his team is progressing towards the end of the season.

"You've got to get everybody ready and that's what these meets and this time is for, to figure it all out." Naylor said. "We've pretty much got them slotted in good shape.

"Class 4A is going to be highly competitive and so we'll have to be ready."

Baylor signee Alex Davis breezed her way to a first place finish in the 3200m, clocking a time of 11 minutes, two seconds.
Davis earned the 3A state title in the event a year ago and will look to add a 4A notch to her belt this season.

"I'm feeling really good, like my body is recovering a lot better than it used to," Davis said. "It doesn't necessarily show in my times, but I know when I get into the environment of state I'll be able to maybe even blow my own socks off."

The Indians also got individual wins from Shannon Wilson in the discus, Hope Salzman in the 400m dash, Destiny Lawson in the 100m and 200m dash, Skylar Somerville in the 100m hurdles and an impressive 1-2-3 finish from Jessica Woods, Madi Gray and Makayla Miller in the 1600m run.

Add in victories in all four relay events, and Davis was very pleased with her team's chances.

"We look really good," Davis said. "We're all just a lot better than we were at the beginning of the season."

Sulphur took second place among the girls teams with a team score of 106, highlighted by an impressive 800m win for senior Ashley Hughes.

Hughes clocked a personal best for the season in the event, running a 2:21.79 despite windy conditions.

"I felt strong coming in at the end," Hughes said. "Coach (Terry Neal) and I had been working on my splits, and I felt pretty much on pace.

"I feel ready for regionals."

For coach Cody Lawson, the margin may have been slightly narrower, but it was still a great day for his Plainview boys, who took first overall with a mark of 196 to top host Madill, who scored 109.

"We're coming together at the right time," Lawson said. "We ran some good times, some season bests, and we're feeling really good right now."

One of the biggest stories of the day was Plainview's McKenna Ray, recently returned from injury, who took top finishes in the 110m and 330m hurdles to go along with the pole vault.

"I felt good, just need to keep my head straight and keep it up," Ray said. "I got some bigger poles in the vault, and it's just about getting used to them."

Robert Torres swept the 1600m and 3200m races for the Indians, while Jackson Daube and Isaac Growall finished 1-2 in the 800m and Brent Davis earned a victory in the 400m.

Other notes: Brothers Dedrien and Michael Nowden finished first and second, respectively, in the 100m dash for Davis… Jordan McCarroll earned Marietta's best finish of the day, taking first place in the boys 200m dash… Fresh off a finish to the slow pitch softball season, Dickson freshman Madison Rozzell took third place in the 300m hurdles, her first time ever running that event in competition… 3A regional competition will return to Madill this upcoming Saturday.

Ardmore girls have good showing at Marietta

Destinee Howell earned a win in the 800m and Ardmore earned a 1600m relay win in a packed field at the Marietta Invitational on Friday.

The meet featured a slew of Lake Country Conference teams looking to squeeze in a little bit of extra work before the LCC meet, but also showcased a Tigers girls squad that will look to make some noise in the 5A state meet.

Howell's win was a particularly thrilling one, coming in a down-to-the-wire matchup with Plainview's Alex Davis. Howell came away with a winning time of 2:26.44, a second ahead of Davis.

Among other schools, Tishomingo's Mariah Gunter earned a win in the long jump with a distance of 16-1 1/2, while Plainview's Rebecca Wright took first in the high jump with a mark of 5-2.

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