Plainview’s boys and girls track teams are on a roll after both won the regional meet in Madill over the weekend by more than 100 points.
Coach Jerry Naylor has seen his fair share of track over the years, and knows the competition will be at a different level starting Friday in Moore.
“The kids did good (Saturday),” Naylor said. “The regionals are tough. We’ve got a lot of good teams down here, but we did pretty good boys and girls both.”
One of Plainview’s biggest strengths is the depth on both its boys and girls teams.
The Lady Indians had two or more entries in 12 of the 17 events scored on Saturday and the boys had two or more in 11 events.
“We just have a full team,” Naylor said. “We have kids that can throw and jump, run hurdles, run relays and field event kids and everything. Some people may have a couple relays and a high jumper or a shot putter; we’ve got a lot of kids. And a lot of kids that do pretty good. When you do that, you’re going to score a lot of points.”
Naylor and his staff work hard to put the athletes in position to excel. With 18 state titles combined in boys and girls track, the athletes have reason to listen to Naylor’s instructions. Naylor has also led the school to 20 cross country state championships.
“We work hard to develop them and getting them doing things right,” Naylor said. “We’ve got a lot of kids in our program, and fortunately we have a lot of good kids. That’s the reason why we do really well.
The Indians know the state meet can’t be won with numbers alone.
“The state meet, if we get everybody there, it will be a tough situation,” Naylor said. “The boys and girls both, we’ll have to do really, really well if we expect to do well there. We will, I think. We’ve got some quality times and throws.”
Plainview’s girls finished second to Vinita last year but won the state meet in 2012 by 70 points over Tulsa Metro Christian. Since 1988, the Plainview girls have finished outside of the top two at state just three times.
The last boys team from Plainview to win state was in 2009. Previously, the Indians won state in 2002 with other top three finishes in between, but haven’t come close to the dominance of the Lady Indians.
This season, the girls have maintained that history while the boys have dealt with injury and eligibility issues.
But, the full squads are healthy on both sides heading into Friday’s state meet.
“I knew we would be pretty good, the girls have been that way all along,” Naylor said.