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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Vinita edges Plainview girls by nine points in Class 4A

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  • In describing the ultimate fate of Plainview's 2013 season, it was one of the youngest members of the Indians who provided the most insightful quote.
    "Happy, but not satisfied," freshman high jumper Rebecca Wright said.
    And while Wright was referring to her own fourth-place finish, it was equally appropriate for describing the Plainview girls' second-place finish to Vinita in the Class 4A state track meet on Saturday at Noble Stadium.
    Good, but not enough for the impossibly high standards the Indians set for themselves, a standard upset by a determined Vinita squad that pulled out crucial victories in three relay events — the 4x100 meters, the 4x200 and the 4x400.
    The Indians placed in all four of the relays, including a runner-up in the 4x800 and third-place finishes in the 4x200 and 4x400, but in a sport where inches and fractions of seconds are of supreme importance, they proved the difference in the narrow 98-89 final margin that separated the top two teams.
    "We did about everything we could do today," Indians coach Jerry Naylor said. "We scored in just about every event we were in and we had good times and good standings in the relays.
    "Sometimes you have enough, and sometimes you don't have enough."
    The weekend certainly was not a lost one for Plainview, as the Indians placing in a bevy of events, including two state championships. There were fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the 1,600 run by Jessica Woods and Makayla Miller, a fourth-place finish by Wilson in the shot put by Shannon Wilson and a sophomore Skyler Somerville taking fourth in the 100 hurdles.
    On Friday, as her competitiors struggled to throw into a blistering wind, Wilson stepped into the discus ring and unleashed a beauty.
    Her first throw would have won state, but Wilson still had a few more turns at setting the pace. Pity for the rest of the 4A.
    The senior won her second consecutive state championship, tossing a 135-5 to beat Shamiya Clements of Idabel, who threw 127 feet, 1 inch. Wilson won her first title in 3A last season, but conquered 4A with ease in her sendoff year.
    "I do better when there's no wind, but I can adjust," Wilson said of the conditions. "It didn't hurt me that bad."
    Wilson said she wasn't sure she could win, because "anything could happen," but her confidence came with that first throw, which came right after Clements tossed for the first time.
    Her win was the first state title for Plainview on the weekend.
    "It's awesome," Wilson said of her win kickstarting Plainview's strong weekend. "I saw my team on the way over here (to the podium) and they made me feel special."
    Wilson followed up her performance in the discus with her fourth-place finish in the shot put (37-9).
    Page 2 of 2 - Vinita was spurred on by the sensational showing of freshman Carsyn Spurgeon, who anchored all three state champion relay teams and ran a splintering 12.01 100 dash.
    "I had seen some of her times, so we knew she was pretty fast," Naylor said. "We just didn't quite have that kind of ringer to help close out those relays this year."
    Meanwhile, senior Alex Davis, who won the state championship in the 3,200 on Friday, was a late scratch on Saturday from the 1,600, an event she was expected to place highly in, due to a recurring right leg injury. Davis also was withheld from her role as a leg for the 4x800 team, the fastest in the state with her on the track.
    "Obviously when you don't have one of your good runners, it hurts," Naylor said. "But sometimes that's just the way it is and you have to run with what you've got."
    Plainview's boys also had a strong showing at the state meet, finishing fourth as a team in Cody Lawson's first year as the boys coach.
    "Overall, I feel pretty good about it," Lawson said. "We're young, and now we've seen what it takes to get to that level.
    "We'll learn from this, come back and get stronger."
    McKenna Ray had a sterling day for the Indians, winning a state championship in the pole vault with a personal-best 13-6 to go along with placing in both the 110 and 330 hurdles and helping to earn a third-place finish in the 4x400.
    "I was very excited after the pole vault," Ray said. "Everybody did what they could and stuck to it."
    Senior Robert Torres closed out a fine career by finishing third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200, while Brent Davis took fifth in the 400.
    Madill's Miranda Nolen had a good day for the Wildcats at the state meet, finishing fourth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600.
    "I feel pretty good about it and was glad I placed in both of my events," Nolen said. "It's something that encourages me to keep trying harder for next year."
    Teammate Shailene Burchett took sixth in the pole vault, while Colton Clement took fourth in the boys pole vault.
    Erik K. Horne contributed to this story. Follow White on Twitter: @swhiteARD
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