Since Plainview High School was founded more than 100 years ago, the Indians and Lady Indians athletic programs have amassed a total of 54 state titles across multiple sports.

Since Plainview High School was founded more than 100 years ago, the Indians and Lady Indians athletic programs have amassed a total of 54 state titles across multiple sports. 

Out of that total amount of championships though, 18 of those belong to the Lady Indians cross country team.

This season the Lady Indians added yet another piece of hardware to their already impressive trophy collection, as they rolled to the Class 4A state cross country championship, their first since 2014.

Plainview’s Lady Indians are the 2017 All-Ardmoreite Cross Country Team of the Year for their accomplishments this season.

“We run pretty much year round in Plainview,” PHS coach Jerry Naylor said. “If you have good kids, and you can get them to buy into what you want them to do, then you have a chance to be successful. We’ve also been very fortunate to have a lot of very good athletes come through this program as well.”

One specific trait this seasons Lady Indians squad maintained throughout the entire season was unity, and running as a team during every meet.

The end result was multiple meet titles, including a Lake Country Conference championship, and a regional title, which they won by a wide margin over second place Pauls Valley.

Once the Lady Indians got to Shawnee this season, it was never a case of if they were going to claim title number 18, but when it would be made official.

Jacey Keith crossed the line first in eighth overall, but seventh in the scoring standings to set the pace. From there her teammates did the rest of the work.

With Emily Butler in 10th overall ( 9th scoring), Yanel Otero 14th overall (12th scoring), along with Hadyn and Deryn Hobbs in 14th and 15th scoring wise, the Lady Indians had already assured themselves they had more runners in the top-15 than anyone else.

With Madi Turner finishing in 17th for scoring, the title was all but sealed. 

By the time Ireland McGill had crossed the finish line as the last Lady Indians runner, the wait was already over, and the celebration could officially begin as a new chapter was added to an already historic and successful program.

“The girls were being competitive, and they were willing to work hard with each other,” Naylor said. “All these kids bought into the system, and as time went on they just started running closer and closer together. It wasn’t planned like that, but it made us very hard to beat as a team.”

“We really didn’t know how good we were going to be early in the year to be honest,” Naylor added. “It’s a real joy seeing kids work hard and seeing them begin to believe. These kids just kept getting better and better. It’s a great motivating factor knowing you can be state champions. These girls made it happen.”

Plainview coach Kelly Gordon added this team wasn’t just special because they won a championship, but because of how well they worked together. 

“We didn’t have one standout, we had seven good girls on this squad,” she said. “These girls trained together, and did everything together. We’ve never had a team who was so close like this. They were a very special group to coach.”