Elgin’s McDonald gets state gold
YUKON - Selena McDonald carried a chip on her shoulder into the 5A-6A state track and field championships. The Elgin high jumper kept in the back of her head all those who doubted she would ever make it this far.
That extra motivation may have been the key ingredient for McDonald. The senior won the 5A state high jump championship Friday at Yukon Miller Stadium.
"It's a big accomplishment," McDonald said. "I feel like a lot of people have doubted me. it's just great to go out there and prove them all wrong."
McDonald's leap of 5-foot, 8-inches was two inches higher than Sidney Sapp of Del City, who took second place.
Even though the event took place early in the morning during the strongest winds, McDonald didn't let it stop her from ending her high school career on a strong note.
"I had a rough year last year in the high jump," McDonald said. "It wasn't very good. So to come out and compete like I did, it was nice."
McDonald was the only area athlete to bring home a state title on Day 1 of the track and field championships. But several others had their moment to stand on the podium.
That included the Eisenhower's 800 relay team. The foursome of Chase McCain, Ashley Pletcher, Juliette Harvey and Mariah Leonard ran a 1:44.67 in the timed finals. That was good enough for third place in class 5A. Ardmore won the event with a time of 1:41.
"It feels amazing," Leonard said. "We put in so much hard work, dedication and God just blessed us so much. We're so thankful. The majority of us are seniors. It's so very good to finish out with third place. we're happy."
While the Lawton High girls didn't snag any medals on Day 1, they did set themselves up for some on Day 2. It starts with Denaba Mbossia, who had the top preliminary time in the 300 meter low hurdles. Her mark of 45.50 was almost a second faster that Edmond Memorial's Mary McKey.
The Wolverines Midajah Riles will be looking to earn a medal today when she competes in the 100 meter hurdles. She had the sixth best time in the class 6A preliminaries.
Heading into today's finals, the Elgin boys find themselves in fifth place overall with 20 team points. That is 14 behind Shawnee, who leads class 5A. Del City is in second with 30. Duncan is in eighth with 10.
Elgin got eight points from Keith Drapeau, who took second in the boys high jump.
The Lady Owls are in even better position as they sit in second place with 33 points. They are just six points behind 5A girls leader Bishop McGuinness.
Eisenhower is standing in seventh with 16 points. They are three points ahead of Duncan and four ahead of Altus.
One of the biggest upsets of the day was in the 5A girls shot put. Pletcher took second in the event last season as a junior and came into the day with a chance to win it all.