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High school state track: Edmond North girls working to establish consistency

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MOORE – Cara Bowerman knows it will take perfection to become state champions.

The Edmond North girls track coach seeks that from her athletes. Whether it’s the relay teams, sprinters or distance runners, Bowerman and her coaching staff push their girls to the limit.

The limit is what it will take to knock off crosstown foe Edmond Memorial, which has captured five of the past six state titles and six of the past eight.

Edmond Santa Fe is one of the two schools, along with Jenks, who have topped Edmond Memorial in the past eight seasons.

Seven of the past eight girls track state titles resides in Edmond, but the Huskies want in on the hardware.

“We tell the girls to bring their mind, heart and soul out here and give it all you got,” Bowerman said. “And that’s what it’s going to take.”

After the first day of the Class 6A-5A track meet, Edmond North encountered a few bumps and sits in sixth place in the team standings. Its 4x200 relay team was disqualified for a lane violation, so that’s more points taken away for a team that has ground to make up come Saturday.

The Huskies tallied runner-up finishes in 2010, 2014 and last season. A big reason for this season’s success is the senior leadership of Tahlor Brown and Maddie Medina.

Medina is a distance runner and has set school records in the 1,600 and 3,200, while Brown has enjoyed success in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles all season.

On Friday, Medina finished second in the 3,200 final and will compete in the 1,600 on Saturday.

Brown finished fourths in prelims in the 100 hurdles while coming in second in the 300 hurdles. She won state in the 300 hurdles last season.

Brown said she will have to improve in both areas when it comes to team points.

“We all have to have confidence that we can compete with anybody,” Brown said. “It’s always been (Edmond) Memorial ... beating us every single time. We have to be confident and just compete.”

Bowerman, who is in her second season as a head coach, is working on changing the mentality of the Husky program, Brown said.

On Saturday, Edmond North will have to be nearly perfect to have a shot at capturing its first girls state track title.

Brown said because of Bowerman’s leadership, she’s confident in the future of the program and in her final day of competition.

“She puts her life into us,” Brown said. “She’s like our second mom. She cares so much about us and putting us in spots to be successful.”

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internships with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in... Read more ›

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