The 5A-6A State Track and Field Championships was like a classroom this weekend. Even as Jimmie Dollins was competing against the best athletes in the state, the Altus High School junior was gathering knowledge.
Dollins ended the weekend with two medals, but it’s the experience that she took away from the meet at Moore High School that will help her the most when she comes back next year.
“I think it will do me some good,” Dollins said. “I will know where I will be next year. I know who my competition will be. If I work as hard as I have this year and work on what I need to, there is definitely that chance of coming home with the gold.”
Dollins captured third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.83. Woodward’s Devre Newby held off Dollins to capture the title with a 15.32.
Dollins came back and took fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Her time of 47.84 was just two seconds behind Newby, who won the event.
“I think I did good overall,” Dollins said. “I have a lot of things to get better next year and work on to do even better. In the 300, I definitely did the best I could. There is always room for improvement. But in the 100, there were some I might have went a little high over. It’s something I can work on.”
Kiondra Knight also stepped to the podium with a fifth place finish in the 200 meters. She ran a 26.75, which was a second behind Marsha Stubblefield of Ardmore.
On the boys’ side, the Bulldogs placed sixth in the 4×100-meter relay. The team of Shaquan French, Michael Abuan, Taven Birdow and Hassan Foye ran a 44.13 in the event. Del City won it with a 43.40.
“We went pretty good,” Foye said. “We had a rough hand off. But other than that, we ran good. We’ve come a long way. We’ve really progressed as a team.”
Glenpool High School won the overall 5A boys’ team championship and Del City took the girls’ title.
“I know running and being up there on the podium and getting medals is one of those memories you will never forget,” Dollins said, “but it’s the friendships I made with all the girls and just getting to know them better and having fun.”
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