Del City girls claim third straight track crown
— For the third straight year, the Del City girls track team is heading home with the team title.
After putting up 106 teams points, Del City claimed the Class 5A girls championship, finishing 34 points ahead of its next competition.
“It hasn’t really hit yet,” Del City coach Christa Geary said. “We knew what it would take to get it done, and everybody had their job to do and knew what was needed to come away with the title.”
What it took was event wins in the 800-meter relay, 400-meter sprint, 400 relay and the high jump as well as several more state placers.
Geary said she thinks part of what helped her team prepare this year was competing at a higher level throughout the regular season.
“We competed at a bunch of 6A meets this year,” she said. “We really preached during those meets that it wasn’t about winning, it was about competing.
“I really think it gave us a mental edge.”
One of the highlights of Saturday was the girls 400-meter relay victory.
Led by seniors Sidney Sapp and Keiazyiah Young and sophomores Kunia Pettit and Lashonti Knight, Del City finished with a time of 48.49 to finish ahead of Ardmore and Tahlequah.
“It is overwhelming excitement,” Sapp said right after race. “We worked so hard for this and trained every day for this moment.”
For Young, Saturday represented the one-year mark since she suffered a torn hamstring at the state meet last year.
She said the recovery was overwhelming at times, leaving her frustrated with the long hours of rehab.
But on Saturday, finishing first in the 400 relay and fourth in the long jump, it felt like it all paid off.
“I feel paid in full,” Young said. “I’m just glad this happened with my ladies here. They got me through all of it.”
Katelyn Alexander of Claremore celebrates her win in the girls 800-meter run Saturday during the Class 5A girls track meet at Yukon High School.