MOORE — Seven points. That is all Westmoore needed Saturday to win the regional boys track and field championship at Edmond North.
Instead, they took second behind Yukon. It was their highest finish in many years and they took home several gold medals. However, two days later, first year coach John Ross was still upset that his squad let the title slip away from them. And as a team, they were not satisfied with runner-up.
That attitude more than anything exemplifies the type of transformation that has taken place around the Westmoore boys track team this season.
“I am a bit surprised on the level of success we have achieved,” Ross said. “I knew I could get it turned around I just didn’t know how fast. If someone would have told me we would be conference runner up and six points away from winning regionals I might have looked at them funny. Let me reiterate that this is a credit to my runners and not to me.”
Alex Davis has been part of the program since he was a freshman. He remembers what it was like when the Jaguars would show up to a track meet and there was no thought of winning.
Now, in Davis’ senior season, he can see a different mindset around the team.
“We are a lot better now, from top to bottom,” Davis said. “I think there is a lot more senior leadership now. More leadership in the coaching. More of a coaching presence. I think people decided we are sick of being a joke. So we decided to be better.”
The turn around started when Ross took over as head coach. He had been an assistant under coach Laura Clay on the girls team. But it was his role as defensive coordinator on the football team that helped him the most.