Minco’s Elizabeth McMahan – Weatherford-Elk City Area Girls Track Poll Winner – Presented by Harley-Davidson World

Minco senior Elizabeth McMahan has competed in track for seven years. She has always been a runner; her focus simply shifted from running around at recess to joining a team and practicing.

McMahan competes in both 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles, as well as the sprint relays 4×100 and 4×200.

“The 100m hurdles are definitely my favorite!” she said.

McMahan feels that track and field is more than just running, and she loves getting to prove that to people.

“I love when people come up to me whether it’s in the community or at school saying, ‘Why do you run track? All you do is run?’ Honestly it’s so much more than that. I love to watch and help the other track members on the team,” she said.

One thing that keeps McMahan motivated, especially on the days that aren’t as easy as the others, is remembering why she does what she does.

“Knowing I have little kids and other athletes looking up to me and cheering me on,” she said. “And most importantly God, he has given me the speed and talent I have today. Getting to wake up every day knowing I get to run and do what I love is such a blessing.”

McMahan has a couple different role models in her life who have influenced her on and off the track.

“The first is LoLo Jones, she is a Olympian hurdler,” said McMahan. “My dad and I watched the Olympics all the time when I was younger and watching her race was so exciting! Ever since then I have ran the hurdles. That is where I got my nickname from, ‘LizzyLoLo.’ The second person is my dad; he has supported me through all these years helping me get better and stronger, not only physically and mentally, but most importantly spiritually.”

McMahan got to enjoy her final season at Minco High, which she says has been the best.

“This season has been by far the best!” she said. “I have made so many new friends, and made so many more memories to hold for the rest of my life.”

After high school McMahan will attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University, majoring in education and coaching, with aspirations to teach mathematics and coach track. She will also continue running track in college.