Ardmore’s Lady Tiger track team has the numbers headed to state today to challenge for a state title in Class 5A.
Each of the three relay teams and seven other events have top 10 times and distances in the state this season. Ardmore is also top 10 in the 4x100 relay, but an exchange zone penalty disqualified the team at the regional meet in Putnam City last week, denying the team a spot at state.
The lesson learned from the mistake at regionals should come in handy at the state meet.
“In all three relays we’re in the top three,” Ardmore coach Brenda McHatton said. “I think it could go either way. We could come out on top or, like last week we got DQ’d in the 4x100. Anything can happen. They’ve had a good week of practices. They’ve worked hard.”
Makenzie Lima qualified in the 100 and 200 hurdles and Brittany Harrison has top 10 throws in both the discus and shotput this season. Katelyn Croenmeyer also qualified in the shot put and K’Rean Knight joins Harrison in the discus.
“I have a hurdler (Lima) that’s in both hurdles, she had a personal record last week,” McHatton said.
“My discus Brittany Harrison that threw 125 last week, that was her best by like 20 feet.”
Je’liyah Plummer is ranked sixth in the long jump and has a shot to place in Yukon.
In the 200 Marshelle Stubblefield and Christa Pickens qualified with Stubblefield also qualifying in the 100.
“There are four events where we’re just right there,” McHatton said. “All three relays, we have a chance to win all three of them. In the discus, she’s sitting right there close with a chance to win. It’s just depending on how it goes. They’re within tenths of a second away from each other on those relays.”
Ardmore wasn’t challenged in the two-mile relay at the regional meet. McHatton knows her team will be pushed against the state’s elite teams.
“At regionals, we didn’t have anybody to run against in that two-mile relay,” she said.
“There were 36 seconds between first and second. So, I’m curious to see how our girls can do with some competition.”
State meets can be won with unexpected performances and McHatton knows her team has the potential to dig deep and find a way to win.
“I think the heart is there and they’ll give me everything they’ve got,” McHatton said.