SPIRO â€” For five Spiro High School track athletes, this will be not only their final Class 3A State Meet, but their final time to be a Bulldog and Lady Bulldog. All are looking for, and hoping for, one last shot to win state.
â€śI was really happy, and it's an honor to get to run at state my senior year,â€ť said Devon Perry, who will represent the Bulldogs in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays at the Class 3A State Meet Friday and Saturday at Ardmore's Noble Stadium. â€śTo have a chance to win state my senior year is awesome. I think this will be a unique experience for me, and I'm glad I'm here with a chance to run at state.â€ť
For another senior, he's just glad that he's got some of his fellow tracksters going to state, and that he's not alone.
â€śIt's good that we all made it,â€ť said Todd Whitfield, who will be in the 110-meter hurdles along with Perry. â€śIt's good that we're all there to cheer each other on. It's good to know that I'll have friends and teammates running there â€” and to support me.â€ť
But for two Spiro seniors, this weekend will mark perhaps the last time they will get to be at the same athletic event. Twins Tyh and Tyeecha Hawkins will both be at this weekend's state meet. Tyh will be in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the 400-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relay, while Tyeecha will be in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
But being at the state meet together is nothing new for the Spiro's â€śdynamic duo.â€ť
â€śIt feels great, but it's just like a repetitive thing because we've been doing this since our freshmen year,â€ť said Tyh, who signed a football letter of intent with Langston University near Guthrie in February. â€śIt's just an honor to get to be there right behind her. It just runs in our blood.â€ť
â€śIt's just been great to share the state track meets together â€” getting to run together, medal together, be in the stands together and just having the whole family there,â€ť Tyeecha said.
Another senior who will be at her final state meet is Meochea McKesson, who will be in the shot put.
The seniors all have thoughts of what being a state champion would feel like come Saturday afternoon.
â€śIt will be very exciting to win state in your last year, your senior year,â€ť Perry said. â€śI think it would be a great experience. I think I'd be very happy if that would happen.â€ť
â€śIt would be a great way to end my senior year as a state champion,â€ť Whitfield said. â€śI'd be so excited.â€ť
â€śIt would feel great,â€ť Tyh Hawkins said. â€śI've been there a couple times before, and I fell short and got third, fourth or fifth place. But with this being my senior year, and I'm going to go all out. Our relay team believes that we're going to get the job done.â€ť
â€śI'd be very happy that I worked hard and I got it (a state championship),â€ť Tyeecha Hawkins said.