More than 130 miles away, the Lady Bulldogs track and field team competed for a conference title in windy and hot conditions at the Boomers football field in Woodward on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to finish runners-up as the Western Conference Meet came to an end.
Elgin claimed the top spot with 160 points while the Lady Bulldogs wrapped up second with 118 points in the eight-team field.
“We did about what I thought we would do at the meet,” Coach Robert Garrison said. “We ran some of our best times in a few events but came up short in a few others.”
Three Lady Bulldog runners were crowned conference champions. Jimmie Dollins was among those three as she hurdled to victory in the 100-meter event with a time of 16.26.
“She wasn’t happy with her time but she still took the victory,” Garrison said.
Kiandra Knight destroyed the competition in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.01 to win the title.
“Kiandra was running into the wind,” Garrison said. “Coaches were amazed at how fast she ran her event.”
Also claiming a conference title was the team of Knight, Nia Hill, ShaRiya Davis and Aleigha Padgett in the 400-meter relay with a time of 50.53.
“The group knocked a half second off their best time this season to take the championship,” Garrison said. “We had really good handoffs and they’ll probably be in the 49s before too long.”
The Lady Bulldogs also had several second-place finishes at the meet to help boost the team’s point total.
While Knight finished runner-up in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.62, she improved on her previous best time by half a second.
The 800-meter relay team of Knight, Hill, Davis and Padgett finished in second place but could have done even better.
“We messed up on a couple of handoffs or the team would have run a time of 1:45,” Garrison said.
Dollins added to her accomplishments at the meet with a third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles while the team of Emily Kate Pickett, Grace Hernke, Chauncey Beckner and Beth Garrison finished third in the 3200-meter relay with a season-best time of 10:33.
Several Lady Bulldogs finished in the top five in their events as well with Garrison taking fourth in the 1600-meter run, Jozzlin Christon taking fourth in the shot put, Padgett taking fourth in the 100-meter dash, and the team of Hill, Pickett, Hernke and Bree King finishing fourth in the 1600-meter relay.
Kennedy Martin turned in a fifth-place finish in the pole vault while Alyssa Hargis finished fifth in the high jump. Hill finished fifth in the 400-meter dash and Davis finished fifth in the 200-meter dash.
Wrapping up the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with sixth place finishes was Jaycee Herring in the 200-meter dash, Hargis in the 100-meter hurdles and Noel Atchley in the discus throw.
“Overall, we have to be pretty happy with the end result,” Garrison said. “Elgin is one of the top teams in Five-A women’s track and we competed with them right to the end.”
The Lady Bulldogs’ next challenge is the upcoming John Jacobs Invitational meet at the University of Oklahoma on Friday.
“The John Jacobs Invitational is one of the premier track meets in the state where we’ll get to run against all the best 6A, 5A and 4A schools,” Garrison said. “This is not an easy meet but we’re going into it with the attitude of dropping times for regionals. The top six women’s programs in Class 6A along with five of the top 5A programs will be there so this will be an exciting meet.”
The Lady Bulldogs will find out their regional assignment Thursday.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.