Months after the cross country dynasty out of Marietta was denied a state title, the Marietta boys track team went to Moore this past weekend with a boulder-sized chip on its shoulders, looking to settle unfinished business.

Months after the cross country dynasty out of Marietta was denied a state title, the Marietta boys track team went to Moore this past weekend with a boulder-sized chip on its shoulders, looking to settle unfinished business.

Two days and several podium finishes later, the Indians washed away any lingering bitterness from months ago, tasting their first state title in boys track since 1981, as they won the 3A state title at the Moore Schools Stadium on the campus of Moore High School.

It was a sweet victory for Marietta track and cross country coach Matt Appleman and his squad.

"We had a great year and came up short when it mattered most in cross country," Appleman said. "We were definitely fueled by (the cross country state results) all season, so it made winning this time around that much sweeter."

Marietta blew the doors off the 3A competition, outpacing the next closest team, Chisholm by nearly 20 points.

Davis took 11th place and Dickson finished in 16th place with 12 points.

Marietta’s 4-by-800 relay team, made up of Bolton Fortune, Chase Waterhouse, Zane Nutter and Alex Sanchez took first place in style, finishing with a time of 8:10.97.

In addition to anchoring the 4-by-800, Nutter also found himself atop the podium in the high jump, with a 6-foot-four-inch leap earning him a state championship in the event. Fortune, also was busy on Saturday, taking a pair of state runner-up finishes in the 800 and 1600 meter events.

Marietta’s Preston Whisenhunt took second place in the 3200-meter race. 

But it wasn’t all speed that pushed Marietta over the top.

In the shot-put, Caleb McGehee took third place in the state. McGehee was bested by two other local standouts. Dickson’s Jadley Cox took first place in the shot put and Davis’ Gunner Arms took second place.  Arms would later take the state championship in the discus with McGehee taking state runner up. 

The Marietta Lady Indians also had a strong showing at the biggest stage in the state, taking fourth place as a team. In the 3200-meter race, Marietta’s Mandy Sykora finished first and earned her team a big 10 points in the event.  

In Class 4A, the Plainview Lady Indians scrapped and took point-by-point for a hard-fought runner-up finish.

Weatherford took first and Plainview slipped past Wagoner by a two-point margin to claim State runner up down the stretch. The Sulphur Lady Bulldogs finished 8th in Class 4A.. 

Plainview track and field coach Jerry Naylor said it was a big day, and a gutsy performance all-around for the Lady Indians.

“From top to bottom, I couldn’t have asked for more,” Naylor said. “I’d put the Class 4A competition up against any class in the State. And others would say the same. Every one of our girls stepped up. Every single one of them.”

Plainview’s Sommer Bowker took first place in the 300 hurdles, improving on her second place finish in 2017, then turned around and participated in Plainview’s 4-by-100 relay team, joining Plainview’s Kelsey Carathers, Greta Russell and Rylee Sudberry as the team legged out a third place finish.

While Naylor said each and every athlete on his squad did the most and helped scrape out points, the performance of Jacey Keith in particular stood out to the Plainview coach.

Keith was knocked down in the first lap of 3200-meter event. And instead of giving up, Keith ran 15 seconds faster than her regional time to take sixth place and earn the team a much-need point in the event. 

“Can’t say enough about the performance of these girls,” Naylor said. “They scrapped for each and every point. We needed big performances in every event, and across the board, we got them.”

Plainview’s boys finished 6th in the Class 4A meet in Moore. Plainview's Spencer Somerville took home a state title in the pole vault, clearing 15-feet-8-inches, over a foot and half better than anyone Class 4A The Oklahoma State commit also took fourth in the long jump.

Madill finished 7th overall as a team, a shade off of Plainview's pace.

In Class 3A girls action, Lone Grove took 24th place while the Lady Comets finished 28th.

NOTE: A previous version of this story referenced results posted to the Oklahoma High School Track Association website that were incomplete. It has been updated with the stats weighing all events from the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.