By Chuck Reherman
EDMOND – 13-feet.
That was the “magical” number that Kyla Davis came into the season looking to clear in the pole vault.
She saved her record breaking mark for the final meet of the year.
Davis broke the Oklahoma State Championship meet record and set another school mark by clearing 13-feet in the pole vault, Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe.
It was a perfect day for vaulting and for Davis, she broke her own mark of 12-9 she set as a sophomore in the meet. She also for the third week in a row broke her own YHS school record in the event in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters.
Davis did try to beat the state record of 13-1 by going for 13-2 and had two good attempts at it, only to brush the bar and have it come down.
“It was very exciting, I have been trying for that for so long,” Davis said. “I was really excited an trying to get my energy up. I always visualize my run right before I go so I just take really deep breaths and by the time I’m ready to go I come straight out the back, so I’m not thinking about it.
‘It felt really good,” she said. “All my attempts felt good, so I am happy with the day.
“When I knew I had cleared 13-feet I was excited. I have been trying to get 13 for so long and that was my season goal was to get that 13 mark and today I finally got it.”
It was only the second meet where Davis, who won gold in every competition she competed in this season, had some real competition. Normally when she has come in around the 11-0 or 11-6 mark, there is no one else left in the field. Their were six when she came in and although five went out fairly quickly, one, Quincy Turner of Bartlesville cleared 12-0.
But, she couldn’t clear the bar at 12-6 on three attempts and Davis cleared it on her first attempt to win the gold medal.
“It was amazing, I love having competition,” Davis said. “It is so much fun someone else there and it gives me time to rest a little bit instead of jumping back to back.
“It definitely help that I had some competition and someone else doing it with you,” she said. “It helps mentally as well as a break in between jumps. Some find it too stressful to have competition, but I feel it is fun to just have someone else.
“I’m really good about zoning out before my jumps, so the large crowd didn’t bother me. When I’m in the air, I am so focused on my jump that I don’t hear anything until I hit the mat, then I can hear people cheering.”
Davis has only been jumping for the past six years and hadn’t thought about it until YHS head coach Rod Zimmerman asked her to try out. She said it looked fun, tried it and it has grown from there.
What an exciting day that was,” Zimmerman said. “I would have liked to have had a traditional two day meet but it was great for our kids to get the meet in any way they would let us.
“We knew the vault would be an exciting event for us going into the day,” Zimmerman said. “Davis (Crabtree) capped off a great year with her 10-foot vault last week to qualify for regionals and vaulted well at state. It’s the most unique environment to compete in that they see all year and she did well in it and gained a lot of experience that will help her in the next several years.
“Then there is Kyla, wow, she had a heck of a day,” he said. “There were still girls in the competition at 12-0 and 12-6. Usually by then Kyla is the only one left but there were several girls out there having really good days and Kyla showed why she was the returning state champion staying right there with them with big crowds around watching to see how far she went. It was great to see her clear that 13’ mark. She has had a great career with us, I am happy she made the decision to try this pole vaulting thing out after I stopped her in the hall her 7th grade year. I hope she has a lot of success at Pitt state.”
The Millerettes also placed in the 4×400, placing sixth in 4:04.67. Avery Stanley placed fifth in the 3200 in 11:33.45.
“Our 4×800 had a great year. They ran another PR, they started at 10:45 the first meet of the year and every meet they ran faster. Harper (Barlow)and Kailan Parks) ran pr’s on their legs of the race and Emily (Schneider) and Avery ran good races. I can’t wait to see what these girls can do next year after the experience they got this year.
“Avery had a good 3200 race, I thought she ran a really smart race and ran her second fastest 3200 to finish fifth. She had a tough schedule with 4 events: the 4×800, 3200, 1600, and 4×400 but she handled the schedule well. In the 1600 the front group got out pretty quick and she wasn’t able to get caught back up, it was a really tough field.
“The 4×400 developed throughout the season. We thought we might be short a leg and weren’t sure how it was going to work out. Then suddenly we had several girls running in the mid 60s and getting faster every meet. I think we ran a 4:31 the first meet out and half way through the season we could run two groups at 4:20 and faster. Audrey, Haley, and Avery all ran pr’s and Taylor was right at her fastest that she had ran this year. Haley ran under 60, that’s the fastest leg we have had. After the second handoff I looked at my watch and saw two flat on there and thought, “oh can they get to the school record?” then it came up on the board at the end of the race. Thats a long way to come in a season from 4:31 to 4:04 for a school record and finishing sixth.
“Brooklyn struggled throughout the year in the discus but kept battling. I am glad she qualified to the state meet and finished 13th out of all of the discus throwers in the state is pretty good.
“We are really proud of all of these girls and the way they have competed this season.”
The Millerettes finished 14th overall. Jenks won with 123.5 points.
and Memorial second with 92.5.