Altus High School sprinter Shaquan French had one goal he wanted to accomplish at the state meet. While he wanted to medal and get on the podium, most important for him was to set a personal record in the 100-meter dash.
Unfortunately for French, he came just short of his goal after he ran a time of 11.57 in the preliminaries of the 5A-6A State Track and Field Championships on Friday at Moore High School.
“Today I think I ran pretty well,” French said. “I think the blocks were pretty good to me. Just feeling pretty good today. Timewise, I just wanted to break the 10. Because the last 100 I did I almost broke a 10. It’s my goal to break the 10. I ran an 11.03. That’s just my goal to do at state.”
French didn’t advance to Saturday’s 100-meter finals, but he will be competing in championship the 4×100-meter relay with his Bulldogs squad. They placed fifth in the preliminaries.
Altus junior Jimmie Dollins had the strongest performance of the day. She had the second fastest qualifying time on the 100-meter hurdles with a 16.10. She was a split second behind Duncan sophomore Savanah Reynolds, who had the top preliminary time of 16.02.
Dollins also advanced to the finals of the 300-meter high hurdles. Her time of 46.82 was the third best in the preliminaries.
“I just ran my personal best for the whole year, so it’s pretty good,” Dollins said. “The wind wasn’t too big of a problem because it wasn’t hitting us in our face. So that helped.”
The fact Dollins is performing her best on the biggest moment is something she says her team has been trained to do.
“It’s kind of expected of us as girls,” Dollins said. “You know you just have to perform your best and you don’t ever let anything get in your way.”
Joining Dollins in today’s finals is Kiondra Knight. The junior posted a 25.82 in the girls 200’meter dash. It was the fifth fastest time in the prelims.
“I think I ran pretty good,” Knight said. “But I think I could have done better. I just want to be up on the podium, try to be the highest. Just wanted to come over here, give it all I got. Leave it all out on the track.”
The girls 4×800-relay team took sixth overall with a time of 10:19.59. Shawnee took first in the event. The finals began Saturdy at noon.
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