Miami senior Zach Simpson joined some elite company Saturday when he won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at the Class 5A state track meet.

The gold medal was his third in two years and it marked the just the third time an MHS athlete has won three gold medals in a career.

Simpson won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, posting a time of 38.29 seconds in Saturday's finals.

Alex Elliot of Coweta was second at 39.42.

Simpson had a time of 37.89 seconds in Friday's preliminaries.

He missed out on a chance at a fourth gold when he failed to qualify for Saturday's finals.

The only other male athlete to do that was Steve Owens - and he bagged all three of his at the 1966 Class A state meet.

Owens, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1969 at Oklahoma, won the 120-yard high hurdles with a time of 14.8 seconds. He also won the long jump with a leap of 21-6 and captured the high jump by clearing 6-2.

Millie George, now athletic director at Crowder (Mo.) College, won gold in three events at the Class 3A state meet in 1981.

She won the 80-yard low hurdles in 11.14 seconds and the 220-yard low hurdles with a time of 29.88 seconds. George also took first in the long jump with a leap of 18-1 1/2.

Tinker Owens was a two-gold winner in 1972. He won the 120-yard high hurdles in 14.7 seconds and the 180-yard low hurdles with a time of 20.2.

MHS has eight other individual gold medalists:

1964 - Don Sandmire, long jump, 22-9 3/4

1972 - Bob Johnson, discus, 145-5; Rick Mercer, high jump, 6-1

1982 - Jim Reynolds, 440-yard dash, 49.89; Mike Mantle, shot put, 54-0

1984 - Mike Wolfe, shot put, 61-3 1/4

1986 - Angie Derrick, 100-meter low hurdles, 15.40

2002 - Chelsey Leonard, long jump, 18-8