MOORE — The Lone Grove boys track team didn’t finish as high as they would’ve liked after taking fourth in the Class 3A state track meet over the weekend.
But the Longhorns left their mark with a state meet record in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:31.52. which beat Millwood’s record from 2013 of 1:32.81.
“I didn’t think we were going to get it, the record and everything,” Marshall Zabonik said.
In fact, the top four teams in the race beat the record. The boys 4x200 relay is in just its second year of competition, but the Longhorns eclipsed the previous mark by more than a second.
“We wanted to win first, that was the goal, and we accomplished it,” Brady Norman said. “Thanks to our coaches and everybody, praise God, we’re state champions.”
Marietta finished second in the Lone Grove heat, but were disqualified for an exchange outside of the zone.
The Indians beat Lone Grove at the regional meet in Madill, adding a touch of inspiration for the Longhorn runners.
“They beat us in the last two track meets, and we knew what we had to come out and do,” Jeremy Lewis said. “We got it done.”
Norman agreed that the Indians being in their heat raised the stakes.
“Definitely, they beat us the last couple weeks,” Norman said. “We knew we had to work hard and give it our all. It worked out good for us.”
Freshman Zabonik, sophomore Lewis and juniors Norman and Oshay Harris ran a 1:32.31 at regionals and improved by nearly a second at state.
Lewis ran the anchor leg of the relay and lifted his hands to the sky seeming to know they had the top time of two heats following the race.
“I don’t know where we were, I just gave it my all and we ended up winning state,” Lewis said of getting the baton for the last leg.
Harris and his teammates were all smiles after the win, and the group will be back next season for a shot at improving their time.
“It’s great, I didn’t expect this,” Harris said. “My teammates ran hard, gave me the stick and I gave it to Jeremy. We all ran our hardest, did our job and got it done.”