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Beverly Ferree
Beverly Ferree

Moore's Traylor Roars as COAC'S Best Female Field Event Athlete

Jun 08, 2017

When senior Fortuneit Traylor of Moore High School was in middle school, she decided to try throwing the shot put. What she learned rather quickly was that she was very good at it. Fast forward to her senior year in high school, where she has found herself placing among the top athletes everywhere she competes. In just this year alone, Traylor placed second in conference in discus throw and first in shot put. In regionals, she placed third in discus and second in shot put. And at state this year, she finished fourth in discus and third in shot put. And in addition to that, Traylor was also named the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference (COAC) Female Field Event Athlete of the Year.

Traylor had just left the stadium to get her prom dress fixed when the award for COAC Female Field Event Athlete of the Year was announced.

“I got a call from my coach,” said Traylor “I was so surprised! He presented the award to me on Monday at school. My team was so excited and supportive, too!”

Traylor’s interest in field events started in middle school when she was entered in her events and won. When she was a freshman, she kept winning. It didn’t take long to figure out that she was doing well against girls older than her. And with the encouragement and support of her parents, Traylor continued to win.

“My mom and dad are like the presidents of my fan club!” said Traylor. “They are always helping and supporting me. Trying to get things right for me. They were always telling me to start applying to colleges, to make sure I was taking the right classes and getting my credits.”

Traylor began contacting schools herself, letting them know she threw discus and shot put at Moore. Informing them that she has a 3.78 GPA and a competitive ACT score. But after all the campus visits, Traylor settled on one that felt like home.

“I’ll be attending Langston University in the fall,” said Traylor. “I’ll be throwing shot put and discus for them. I visited other places, but Langston just felt like home.”

Traylor always wanted to attend an HBCU, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, “When I would go to homecoming games, it was always so exciting with the band and the majorettes and the dancing. It felt like a small school, but it was bigger than that.”

The small Langston campus appealed to Traylor.

“I loved how the entire campus was about as big as Moore High School. I also visited OU and UCO, and they have beautiful campuses, but I will just have to admire them from a distance.”

Traylor had her heart set on Langston, where she will be studying for a career as a certified nurse anesthetist. Traylor will carry her memories of Moore with her to college.

“Our team is like a family. We encourage each other and pick each other up, but we’re also very honest with each other. I’m going to miss them.”

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