PLAINVIEW — There are successful cross country programs in the state of Oklahoma, and then there are those which need no introduction.

PLAINVIEW — There are successful cross country programs in the state of Oklahoma, and then there are those which need no introduction.

Since the early 90’s, the Plainview boys and girls cross country teams have totaled 21 state championships between them, along with the Lady Indians having never lost a regional meet since 1996.

This Saturday at Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech in Shawnee, the Indians and Lady Indians will go on the hunt for more hardware at the OSSAA Class 4A state cross country meet.

The 4A girls race is scheduled to begin around 11:45 a.m. while the boys race will begin around 12:30 p.m.

“Over the years we’ve been blessed with great athletes, and kids who just wanted to buy into our system,” Plainview coach Jerry Naylor said. “We are always working with them during the year, and this is always about the kids. The secret to success is spending time with the kids and working with them so they always feel motivated and appreciated. That’s what this program is all about is the kids.”

Last weekend at the regional meet in Velma-Alma, the Lady Indians ran away with another regional championship trophy, while the Indians booked their place at state with a solid fifth place team finish.

A big part of the Lady Indians success last weekend at the regional meet came from their point total of 23, which was in part from PHS placing runners ranging from places second through seventh.

Pauls Valley was the second placed team at the regional meet with 105 points, while Madill was third with 112.

Jacey Keith and Madi Turner finished second and third respectively at the regional meet for the Lady Indians, leading the way. Emily Butler, Hadyn Hobbs, and Deryn Hobbs took places fifth, sixth and seventh to complete the dominant day for the Lady Indians. 

Just to add a cherry on top of a successful day, Ireland McGill and Yanel Otero placed in 10th and 12 respectively, meaning the Lady Indians had every participant in the regional meet finish in the overall top 15.

“Our goal every year is to win state and our kids firmly believe they can achieve it,” Naylor said. “The groups of kids we have had over the last 20 years are motivated to be successful.”

As for the Indians, they were just eight points away from a top-four team finish last weekend in Velma-Alma.

Dalton Bowden and Scotty Maxey were the top finishers for PHS in third and sixth respectively. Carlos Otero, Josh Hottell and Isaiah Jefferson also ran in the regional meet for Plainview’s boys team, along with Michael Lloyd and Taylon Chambers. 

Both PHS cross country teams have plenty of experience running the course they will see at state, as they competed in the state preview competition on Oct. 5. The Lady Indians won the team title that day with 46 points, ahead of second placed Metro Christian. Plainview’s boys finished in ninth at the state preview.

“It’s really a spectator friendly course they will run at state,” Naylor said. “You have to make sure you are in a good position early on, or it’s very difficult to work your way up. The course is designed for some good running, but not getting a strong start early can cost you.”

Other teams who have qualified for the state meet include Pauls Valley, Tuttle, Seminole, Cache, and Byng in the girls division.

As for the boys other teams include Harding Charter Prep and Sulphur along with Seminole and Byng.

“You never know what can happen at a state meet,” Naylor said. “We’re just hoping for a good race and we’ll see what happens on Saturday.”