While the normal colors of Plainview are the traditional red and white, it's been hard not to associate gold with Lady Indians track athlete Sommers Bowker.
While the normal colors of Plainview are the traditional red and white, it’s been hard not to associate gold with Lady Indians track athlete Sommers Bowker.
From her golden blonde hair, to the multiple gold medals she’s been able to acquire at the state track meet over the years, one could almost assume it’s a color she is quite comfortable with.
Wednesday afternoon though, she found a new color she’ll be learning to love soon, maroon.
Bowker officially put pen-to-paper on a National Letter of Intent to run track for Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond in front of her friends and family at the Plainview High School commons area.
Bowker will add to the recent athletes from Plainview who have joined Oklahoma Christian, which include Alexus Woolly.
“I feel really excited and just so blessed to have had the support I’ve had over the years,” Bowker said. “All the support today makes me feel so loved. I remember seeing all the older kids sign when I was a freshman, and I know what it was like looking up and experiencing that feeling.”
Bowker has been a state qualifier in multiple events throughout all four years of high school, including being the defending state champion in the Class 4A 300 hurdles event, as well as the defending state runner-up in the pole vault event from last season.
Last week at Marietta, Bowker racked up a total of four gold medals as she won the 100 and 300 hurdles events along with pole vault, and ran a leg on the 400 meter relay event.
She’s also been apart of four straight regional championship squads, as well as a state runner-up finish from last year with the Lady Indians.
Bowker will be joining a Lady Eagles track program which has produced multiple conference champions across the board in recent years, and added that the campus made her feel like she belonged when she made her initial visit.
“The campus isn’t too big, but it’s not too small either,” she said. “It’s right in the middle of everything and it’s so beautiful out there. Their motto is “OC is Home” and they truly make you feel that way when you are on campus.”
With just a couple of weeks left in her high school track career, Bowker has plans of finishing on top and thanking her coaches the right way for everything they have done throughout the years.
“I really and truly believe that we have the best coaches in Oklahoma at Plainview,” she said. “I don’t know how they are all still here, but it’s incredible to me. I’m so blessed to have everyone as a coach that I do in track.”
“Winning a state team title is the main goal,” Bowker added. “I know if we won then it would be so deserved for us. That to me would be better than any individual gold I could win.”