OKLAHOMA CITY - Garrett Ools had one last chance. The Ringwood High pole vaulter will be graduating in a few weeks and knew he had one final opportunity to accomplish his goal of winning a state title.
After coming close for the past two seasons, Ools finally got what he was looking for when he took home the gold in the 1A boys state track and field championships at Western Heights High.
"It feels amazing. I've been working so hard," Ools said. "I came close last year with the second and the year before that I got sixth. I've just been fighting my way up to the top. It just feels amazing. In three short years I was able to accomplish a championship. It's amazing to me. I will have something to show my kids when I am old."
Ools won the pole vault with a mark of 13-feet. He beat out his Ringwood teammate, Joshua Frable by four inches.
"I figured early this morning I am going to come out here, not going to think abut anything else," Ools said. "But I'm going to win this championship."
Despite Ools' victory, Ringwood was not involved in the overall team championship chase. The 1A boys title came down to three squads, with Okeene taking the honors. Their 66 points was enough to hold back Boise City (57) Turpin (52).
Jordan Buhr was the only member from Okeene to win a state title for the boys when he took the long jump. But the team racked up enough second, third and fourth place finishes to offset the victories from Boise City and Turpin.
Turpin's Trevor Mote claimed the 100 meter dash title, but came in second in the 200 behind Snyder sophomore Trevor Evans.
Evans came back and won the 400 meter dash as well.
It was also a close team competition for the 1A girls. Texhoma High posted 57 points to edge out Sharon-Mutual, who had 54. Weleetka took third with 48 points.
In class 2A, Millwood dominated the girls events. They posted 101 points, which was 34 more points than 2nd place Warner. Hooker came in third with 39 points.
The list of events the Millwood girls owned included Taniyah Mcmillian winning the 200 meter dash and Miya Forshee earning gold in the shot put.
But the Millwood girls did most of their damage in the relays. They took first in three of the four relays. That includes the 4x100, 4x200 and the 4x400.
Hobart also went home as big winners in class 2A boys. Their 114 points was 48 more than Millwood, who took second.
Yet, that didn't dampen the excitement for Mason Riley of Hollis. The senior won the 2A boys long jump with a leap of 20-feet-11.
Being able to end his career at Hollis with a title winning performance was a special moment for Riley.
"It was great," Riley said. "The last couple of years I had injuries that bothered me. I couldn't jump my best. This year, my senior year, I had my mind focused on it. I had a lot confidence in myself. I just jumped my best."