By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
An Oklahoma State University graduate student was the first female to cross the finish line Sunday at the Oklahoma City Marathon.
McKale Davis, 28, finished the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 30 seconds. Davis said she was unaware she was in the lead until a television news truck filming the event informed her.
“They told me 5 miles into the race that I was in the lead and I had to hope that no one would pass me,” she said.
It wasn’t the first time Davis has experienced success at the Memorial Marathon. The past two years, Davis has won the half marathon portion of the race.. This was the first year she has run the full marathon in Oklahoma City.
“I’ve ran a few marathons before, but I actually just got a job in Arizona so I wasn’t sure I was going to get to come back for the memorial race, which I really enjoy. So I wanted to get the full experience,” Davis said.
Jake Buhler of Edmond repeated as the men’s division champion with a time of 2:26:13.
Davis ran track at Woodland High School in Fairfax and for Texas Christian University while earning her undergraduate degree.
She said she runs anywhere from 80 to 90 miles a week.
“Stillwater is great for running because you can run 5 miles in any direction and eventually you’ll run into a dirt road that goes for miles,” she said.
Davis said she normally trains by running the “Stillwater loop” which begins at Richmond and Washington streets and ends 3 miles south of State Highway 51 before turning back.
Davis, who graduates this summer with her doctorate in nutrition, said while she’s won many races, winning the full Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is different.
“it’s a pretty neat feeling,” she said.