Del City girls claim third straight track crown

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

— 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.”

OKLAHOMAN] [PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE

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.

Adam Kemp akemp@ oklahoman.com

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