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May 2, 2013

OBA’s Coffin has ‘high expectations’ for state

ENID, Okla. — Erin Coffin might could teach Dr. Norman Vincent Peale a thing or two about the power of positive thinking.

The Oklahoma Bible Academy sophomore will be in four events (long jump, 400, 800 and 1,600 relays) at the Class 2A state track meet flat and said her goal is to win four gold medals.

“I have high expectations of myself,’’ she said after a practice earlier this week. “Believing in yourself is so important. I wasn’t very confident as a freshman, but I try to be very encouraging to all of our freshmen. I made four events last year, and I expected to do it again this year.’’

Coffin qualified for four events last year, but placed in only one — a fourth in the long  jump (16-5).

Coffin teamed with freshmen Reagan Moss, Savannah Price and Ashley Atwood to win 1,600 relay at the 2A regional at Watonga Saturday and with McKayla Kuykendall, Atwood and Brooklyn Wiens to take the 400 in 52.39.

Coffin, Kuykendall, Moss and Atwood were second in the 800 in 2:15.266. Coffin was third in the long jump (16-5 3/4).

“I really feel like we have a good chance to win in the relays,’’ Coffin said. “We need to  go work really hard and do the best we can. We have dropped a ton of time already. We’re just going to improve from here on because we’re so young.’’

Coffin is the cheerleader for the relays for positive thinking.

“Chemistry is so important,’’ Coffin said. “Encouragement makes you run so much harder. If you don’t feel anybody is there for you, it’s hard to finish strong. I’m in a leadership position. I just love being on a team and encouraging others to run as fast as they can. I tell all the girls every relay leg is important. We have a lot of really good people on the team that really want it.’’

There is no greater high for Coffin than running the anchor on the 800 relay.

“When you’re crossing the stands and everyone is screaming, that’s my favorite part,’’ she said. “I’m so competitive. I have to do well for me. Even if I don’t get first, I have to make an improvement.’’

Still, Coffin said she doesn’t try to put too much pressure on herself, except maybe in the sprint (400) relay.

“The mile relay is more of a push than anything else,’’ Coffin said. “It’s a mental thing. The sprints you just go as hard as you can and do the best you can do.’’

Coffin “loves’’ the long jump pit at Carl Albert. Her goal is to break the 17-foot barrier for the first time.

“It gets in my head,’’ Coffin said. “I don’t think I will be as tense as I have if I can get 17 feet.’’

The biggest thing for her is confident thinking.

“I try to visualize myself jumping really high,’’ Coffin said. “If you see yourself doing it, you can do it.’’

Coffin is not as nervous as she was last year before state.

She has few superstitions or routines before a meet except “to pray a lot,’’ and avoid eating too much “because it makes me sick.’’

She is an honor student, although Coffin jokes around she does a lot of her homework just before school.

“Sports is my hobby,’’ Coffin said. “I just like being active. I just love doing sports and winning ... I’m so excited about state.’’

Her favorite sport, though, is basketball.

“Sorry,’’ Coffin said with an eye toward track coach Boyd. “I just love helping the team no matter what sport I’m playing.’’

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