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February 15, 2013

Plainsmen take boys crown at indoor meet

ENID, Okla. — Staff reports

Enid’s track teams may be sorry to see the indoor season end. Seth Handley won the 400 meters and led two relays to gold medals as the Plainsmen won the Class 5A-6A boys championship at the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Indoor Championships at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Coliseum.

The Pacers, led by high jump champion Macy Adams, were third in the girls meet with 54 points. Shawnee (95) and Guthrie (55) were 1-2.

“I think we had a great day,’’ said Enid coach Joe Miranov. “With some fine tuning, I think we will have a great team this year.’’

Handley (51.4) and Alex Lofton (52.3) were 1-2 in the 400 meters. Handley teamed with Raheem Mitchell, Alex McCoy and Johnny Lawrence to win the 4x160 relay in 1:14.8 and with Mitchell, McCoy and Lofton to take the 4x320 in 2:43.

Handley was fifth in the 55 meters in 6.78 seconds.

Lofton was second in the long jump (20-11). Marshawn Mills was fourth in the high jump (5-4) and sixth in the long jump (20-5).

Josh Redd, Chris Daniels, Brance Hurt and Jake Taylor were sixth in the 4x800 relay in 9:31.

Adams, a sophomore, won the girls high jump for the second straight week, clearing five feet. She missed three times at 5-2.

“It’s kind of a bummer because I prefer the indoors to the outdoors,’’ Adams said. “I like the wood track. It gives me more traction and makes me stick better.’’

Holly Stuart was second in both the 800 (2:37.05) and 1,600 (5:54) and teamed with Tyler Burge and Autumn and Savannah D’Auteuvil to finish third in the 4x800 relay in 11:11.

Savannah D’Auteuvil was second (12:16) and Berge sixth (13:13) in the 3,000 meters.

Misah Claytor was fourth in the 400 meters (1:09). Ellannah Schneider was sixth in the shot put (30-1).

Adams was the lone competitor to clear 4-10. Five went out at 4-8 and her last competitor went out at 4-10.

Adams, competing  against herself, cleared five feet on her first try.

She actually prefers the pressure of having to clear a height to keep pace with someone else.

“I do better when I’m competing against other people,’’ she said. “When I’m against other people, I am pushing myself to beat these people. I’m thinking I need to do this or that to beat that person. I set myself up with higher expectations than I do against myself.’’

Adams said she did “much better’’ than she did last week in winning the Coaches Indoor Games.

“I gave myself a little more of a push this week,’’ Adams said. “I love competition and the competition was better this week. It’s a great feeling to win.’’

Adams, unlike many high jumpers, doesn’t visualize herself going over the bar before a jump.

“I just try to focus,’’ she said. “I really don’t make a mental thought of it. I pretty much do whatever I can. I try not to visualize it.’’

Her goal for the outdoor season is to break her personal best of 5-4.

“This was a confidence builder,’’ she said.

 “I don’t know if being indoor makes me feel I’m doing better or not. It’s the beginning of the season and you’ve got to do well at the beginning of the season.’’

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