Girls lead Lawton High track program
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The state track meets for Class 6A and 5A are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Yukon High School, and all three city schools are prepping mightily for their opportunities to log personal bests, bringing home lots of hardware in the process.
Lawton High will compete in the 6A meet, while Eisenhower and MacArthur will test their abilities against teams of the 5A variety. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. on both days, and the running events will feature at noon start time.
Here are some Wolverines to watch at the state meet:
Danecia and Lanecia Edmundson: There is no denying what the Edmundson sisters bring to LHS track.
Danecia and Lanecia, both juniors, are among the most talented sprinters on the girls team, proving themselves in both individual events and relays. Collectively, the pair will compete in five of the eight events in which the Lady Wolverines qualified competitors.
Lanecia leads the way, qualifying for the state meet in four events, including three relays the 4x100 relay, the 4x200 relay and the 4x400 relay and one individual event the 400 meters. Danecia joins her sister in the 4x100 and the 4x200, while also running as a lone competitor in the 100 meters.
Danecia was an automatic qualifier in 100 with a time of 12.51 seconds, and Lanecia earned an additional qualifier bid in the 400 at 1 minute, 1 second.
The 4x100 team placed third in the regional meet at Putnam City on Saturday in 48.14 seconds, behind only Midwest City and Edmond Memorial. The 4x200 team made the cut with a time of 1:42.80 to place third. The 4x400 team advanced to the state meet as an additional qualifier despite placing fifth in 4:16.
Lajine Johnson and Sade Norton are the other two legs on the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Danecia said getting to run alongside her sister in the relays is an exciting experience.
"We've been running since 8th grade on the same relays," Danecia said. "It's good to get to continue it."
Although the two enjoy running together, there does exist a sibling rivalry. Family and friends often ask the sisters who possess the fastest times, though neither admits to claiming that distinction.
"It's kind of hard to say because we run different things," Lanecia said. "(Danecia) runs the 100 better than me, and I run the 200 better than her, so it's hard to say who is really the fastest."
However, there is one thing the girls agree on unanimously their motivation for running track.
Lanecia said her and Danecia's mother, Candice Morrison, saw their potential early and pushed both of them to get involved in track. With how the sisters have performed thus far in their careers, it is safe to say Morrison's motherly intuition was correct.
"My mom starting running track when she was young," Lanecia said. "She just wanted us to do what she did. She wanted us to finish what she started."
Midajah Riles: The senior is peaking at the right time.
After signing a scholarship to run at the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma early last week, Riles ran two of her best times this season in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at the regional meet. Riles qualified for the state meet in both events with a pair of second-place finishes, clocking a time of 16.28 seconds in the 100 hurdles and 49.68 seconds in the 300 hurdles.
Those came just nine days after she logged season best times of 16.21 seconds and 48.53 seconds at the Big 10 Conference meet at Putnam City. She doesn't want to stop there, though.
Riles' goal is to break into the 15-second range at the state meet in the 100 hurdles, her proclaimed favorite event, and she said she believes her quick reaction time to the start gun will benefit her in fulfilling her desire.
"I feel pretty confident," Riles said. "One of my strong suits is getting out of the blocks faster no one usually gets out of the blocks faster than I do and that helps me out a lot."
Riles is also a member of the 4x400 team, and she said though the hurdle races are considered sprints, the 400 requires her to use a different set of skills to run.