The tears still were flowing after Oklahoma Bible Academy’s 57-32 loss to Preston in the girls area losers bracket basketball finals when Kiley Woodard’s road to the Class 2A state track meet started.

“I was telling the other girls that they were going to see me on the road all the time, that I was going to run a zillion miles,’’ said Woodard.

She is living up to her words leading up to the Class 2A meet Friday and Saturday at Mustang.

Woodard won the 400 (1:03.39), 800 (2:26.87) and 1,600 (5:35.47) meters at the regional in Tonkawa Saturday, while finishing second in the 3,200 (12:25.42).

“I was surprised by some of my times,’’ she said. “I’ve improved a lot in my two-mile (3,200). The weather was rainy all day and that was in my favor.’’

Woodard said she’s her own worst critic as she keeps pushing herself to do better than the last meet.

“These are the last four races of the season. I want to make the most of them,’’ she said. “I don’t want to go out with anything less than a bronze.’’

Woodard wants to bring her 800 time down to 2:20 or lower. She would like to drop to one minute in the 400. She wants to cut her times in the 1,600 and 3,200 by 10 more seconds.

“I’m my biggest my competition,’’ Woodard said. “If I keep improving my times, I don’t have to worry about anyone else.’’

Woodard admits it’s hard to concentrate on anything else this week.

“I really can’t concentrate in class,’’ she said. “You think about your strategy, your practices, what times you need to get, how much rest you need, what you should eat.’’

Woodard was sixth in the 400, second in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600 last year at state.

She enjoys the challenge of being the rare athlete who is successful with a sprint (400) as well as the distances. Woodard was successful in the 200 before going to longer distances.

“You have to be able to put in a lot of extra miles and do the speed work, too,’’ Woodard said. “You have different kinds of practices.’’

“She has a unique combination of speed and endurance,’’ said OBA coach Mark Boyd. “In the mile, she ran a great time and she sprinted the last 300 meters to see if she could do it. She just blew away the field. She’s fun to watch. When people see her there, they know they have a tough road.’’

The 3,200, Woodard said, sets the tone for her day. If she does well in that, she’ll probably have a good day.

“When we get down to the 1,600 (her last race), you want to run it as fast as you can because you want to get it over with,’’ Woodard said.

Woodard started running in the first grade. She joined the Enid Track Club in the fourth grade and ran with the Jenks America AAU team, beginning in the sixth grade.

Running is spiritual to Woodard, who is the chaplain of OBA’s student council.

Before each race, she takes deep breaths and asks God what His will is for her.

“I let Him do whatever He needs me to do,’’ Woodard. “At OBA, we incorporate God in the things we do. We still work as hard as anybody else. We want to win as much as anybody else. We set our goals and go out and compete. We do the best we can. With God’s help, we can accomplish anything we set out to do.’’

Woodard’s world is one of competition. In the fall, it’s volleyball. In the winter, it’s basketball. In the spring, it’s track. She will play basketball and run some road races this summer. Woodard plans to compete in cross country as well.

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